Copy 3 FM 10-10
March 2, 1942
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FM 10-10, March 2, 1942, is changed as follows :
■ 66 (Superseded.) Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Units. —
o. The gasoline supply battalion consists of a headquarters and
headquarters detachment and four companies (see T/O 10-75
and T/O 10-76). The gasoline supply company consists of a
company headquarters and two platoons of two sections each
(see T/O 10-77^. Each section is equipped with a gasoline
driven dispensing unit, eight hundred 5-gallon cans, five trucks,
and five trailers.
6. The gasoline supply battalion will not normally be em-
ployed as a unit. Each company is capable, of operating two
gasoline and oil railheads for army troops, corps troops, or
divisions other than armored divisions. For armored divisions
one company per division will be required.
c. The gasoline supply company has a gasoline container and
transporting capacity of 16,000 gallons of gasoline and oil. It
is not, however, a transport company. This container capacity,
consisting of gasoline in 5-gallon cans, is used to establish an
initial stockage at the railhead or gasoline refilling point and
to provide prompt supply of full containers for exchange for
empty containers. Full containers are transported by the gaso-
line supply unit from the old railhead or gasoline refilling point
to a new railhead or gasoline refilling point and from a rail-
head or gasoline refilling point to form distributing points estab-
lished for one or two divisions, corps, or army. The gasoline
supply company operates the distributing points. Distributing
points should be pushed as far forward for divisions as the
tactical situation permits. This location is influenced also by
*These changes supersede section I f Training Circular No. 48, War Depart-
485685° — 42
Washington, October 8, 1942.
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the round trip distance and the amount of gasoline required by
the unit served. Units will not be permitted to come to the
railhead or gasoline refilling point to exchange empty containers
for full ones, and every precaution will be taken to reduce and
conceal activity at this point.- A gasoline distributing point
will be established even though only a short distance from the
railhead or gasoline refilling point.
d. The gasoline supply company reduces bulk deliveries of
gasoline to 5-gallon cans at the railhead or refilling point, loads
these filled cans on trucks for movement to distributing point,
and unloads them at distributing point. Units drawing fuel
and lubricants at gasoline distributing points are charged with
the loading and unloading of their unit vehicles.
e. Additional truck transportation, gasoline containers, and
labor may be attached to supplement gasoline supply companies
when required due to length of lines of communication and
[A. G. 062.11 (8-22-42).] (C. 1, Oct. 8, 1942.)
■ 130. Graves Registration. — See TM 10-630.
[A. G. 062.11 (7-28-42). 1 (C 2, Oct. 8, 1942.)
CAVALRY AND ARMORED DIVISIONS
* * * * »
ARMORED DIVISION (Superseded)
■ 151. General. — Quartermaster service in the armored division
is provided by the quartermaster section of the rear echelon
of division headquarters, and by the division quartermaster
platoon and the service platoon of headquarters company of the
supply battalion (T/O 10-35). The division quartermaster is
a staff officer on the division commander's special staff. He has
no troop command.
■ 152. Organization of the Division Quartermaster Office. —
In general, the organization of the division quartermaster's
office is similar to the organization of that office In infantry and
cavalry divisions. The organizational chart of this office follows :
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EXECUTIVE AND ASSISTANT DIVISION QUARTERMASTER
II and IV
■ 153. Special Consideration. — a. The armored division is or-
ganized to provide the maximum flexibility of combat groupings.
The combat commands are formed by grouping various combat
and supply elements of the division to meet the tactical require-
ments in each situation. The supply system of the division
must be equally flexible.
6. The normal load of the supply battalion consists of ammuni-
tion. No rolling reserves of other classes of supply are carried
In the division train. If the trucks of the supply battalion are
to be used for other classes of supply, the ammunition load must
first be distributed or dumped. Because of the volume of ammu-
nition expended by the armored division, use of trucks of the
supply battalion for ocher loads than ammunition will be
c. A "day of operation" is considered as 100 miles of move-
ment for all vehicles. Two "days of operation" of fuel, includ-
ing that carried in vehicle tanks, are available within the regi-
ments and separate units.
d. The division train and the unit trains are frequently grouped
together for control and protection. When so grouped they
are controlled tactically by the division train commander. The
latter is not responsible for the technical operations of the
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■ 154. Class I Supply. — Railhead or other army supply point
distribution is normal. There is no truck transportation avail-
able to the division quartermaster for making unit distribution.
Regrouping of unit trains to conform to the particular grouping
of the combat commands is accomplished by the division train
commander in the train bivouac prior to dispatching trains to
the railhead. The service platoon of the headquarters and head-
quarters company, supply battalion, is used for making the break-
down of the ration, by unit, at the railhead and for manhandling
the organic ammunition load of the truck companies. Units are
responsible for the loading of their rations at the railheads.
Each unit in the combat command will be furnished fuel and
lubricant trucks and ration trucks, for its resupply, by its parent
organization of the armored division. One of the unit supply
officers (normally of the armored regiment or armored infanty
regiment) will act as S~4 for the combat command. The group-
ing and proper utilization of the supply vehicles and procure-
ment of supplies will be coordinated by this S-4 in' conformity
with orders of the combat command commander.
■ 155. Class III Supply. — A system similar to that described in
paragraph 154 is required for the distribution of fuel and lubri-
cants. There is no transportation available to the division
quartermaster for making unit distribution. However, it is the
division quartermaster's responsibility that timely requests are
made to the army, corps, or oilier higher echelons to place the
required amounts and kinds of class III supplies as close to the
unit trains as transportation and the tactical situation permits.
The service includes filling of 5-gnllon cans with fuel and when
practicable, assisting in unloading empty cans from unit vehicles
and loading the vehicles with full cans.
■ 156. Class II and IV Supply— See paragraph 118w, FM 10-5.
The supply of these classes is normally accomplished during lulls
■ 157. Independent Armored Division. — When the armored di-
vision is acting alone on a detached or independent mission, it
will be necessary to have attached army or GHQ supply units
to accomplish those parts of the supply mission which are nor-
mally required of the higher echelon. Two truck companies;
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two railhead detachments ; one gasoline supply company ; one
quartermaster company (service) ; and one quartermaster com-
pany, HM, mobile, or a detachment therefrom, can be considered
normal attachments, except when distances, terrain, or weather
make additional reinforcements necessary.
[A. G. 062.11 (6-11-42).] (C 1, Oct. 8, 1942.)
By order of. the Secretary of War:
G. C. MARSHALL,
(Thief of Staif.
J. A. TJLIO,
The Adjutant General.
U. S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE t t*4t
QUARTERMASTER FIELD MANUAL
THEATER OF OPERATIONS
Prepared under direction of
The Quartermaster General
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1942
Washington, March 2, 1942.
FM 10-10, Quartermaster Field Manual, Quartermaster
Service in Theater of Operations, is published for the infor-
mation and guidance of all concerned.
[A. G. 062.11 (9-24-^1).]
By order of the Secretary of War:
G. C. MARSHALL,
Chief of Staff.
J. A. ULIO,
The Adjutant General.
D (6) ; B 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 17 (3) ; R (2) , 10 (5) ; Bn 10 (5) ;
IBn (3) ; C 10 (3) ; IC 3 (4).
(For explanation of symbols see FM 21-6.)
TABLE OP CONTENTS
Part I. Communications zone. Paragraphs Page
Chapter 1. Organization and functions of
theater of operations.
Section I. General 1-5 1
n. Terminology 6-23 7
Chapter 2. Organization and operation of
quartermaster service in com-
Section I. Office of quartermaster, com-
munications zone 24-29 11
n. Operation of quartermaster
service In communications
zooie 30-32 23
III. Depots 33-39 28
IV. Regulating stations 40-50 38
V. Railheads 51^56 18
Chapter 3. Supply installations.
Section I. Salvage and related activities 57-62 44
II. Subsistence 63-65 50
III. Gasoline and oil supply 66-67 54
IV. Remount depot 68-70 55
V. Personnel replacement 71-80 56
Chapter 4. Transportation.
Section I. Water 81 60
II. Motor 83-85 60
in. Rail 86-90 68
IV. Air 91 68
Part n. Combat zone.
Chapter 1. General.
Section I. Responsibility and functions. 92-94 72
II. Definitions 95-116 74
Chapter 2. Division quartermaster units.
Section I. Quartermaster regiment 117-119 77
n. Division quartermaster's of-
fice (square division) 120-121 82
m. Operations 122-132 . 86
IV. Quartermaster battalion, In-
fantry division (triangular) 133-139 109
Chapter 3. Cavalry and armored divisions. «
Section I. Cavalry division (horse) 140-150 114
n. Armored division 151-158 121
Chapter 4. Army corps.
Section I. Corps as part of army 159-172 125
n. Independent corps 173-176 134
Chapter 5. Army 177-185 137
Chapter 6. Quartermaster service.
Section I. Air Force 186-188 146
n. GHQ 189-192 152
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Part II. Combat zone — Continued. Paragraphs Page
Chapter 7. Troop movements.
Section I. Assigned motor transport 193-194 153
II. Shuttling 195-200 155
HI. Railway 201 160
Chapter 8. Plans, orders, estimate of situa-
tion, and reports 202-207 161
Chapter 9. Protection of food supplies
against poisonous gas 208-213 169
Appendix, Routing of requisitions, calls, and
supplies 1-11 171
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QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF
ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTIONS OF THEATER OF
■ 1. Theater of War. — The theater of war comprises those
areas of land and sea which are or may become directly in-
volved in the operations of war. That part of the theater
of war within the control of each belligerent is usually divided
into a zone of interior and one or more theaters of operations.
■ 2. Zone of the Interior. — a. The zone of the interior is that
part of the national territory not included in the theater of
operations. The mission of the supply system of the zone of
interior is to accumulate supplies for the military forces and
to issue these supplies to the troops as required. This mis-
sion is continuous during both peace and war and embraces
all supply activities. It is accomplished by the determination
of requirements, the mobilization of industries and resources
, to produce these requirements, and the procurement, storage,
transportation, and issue of supplies.
b. In general, the functions of the several agencies of the
zone of the interior, in time of war, are to supply the com-
mander of the field forces with the means necessary for the
accomplishment of his mission. These functions are carried
out by the chiefs of the supply services of the zone of the
interior, their respective operations being directed and
controlled by the Secretary of War. (See FM 100-10.)
■ 3. Theater of Operations. — a. (1) A theater of operations
covers the land and sea areas it is desired to invade or defend.
Section I. General
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including what is necessary for administrative establishments
and agencies pertaining to the forces in the theater. Each
theater of operations is divided, for the purposes of combat
and for decentralization of administration, into a communi-
cations zone and a combat zone. (See FM 100-10.)
(2) Initially, in a campaign, the theater of operations may
include only a combat zone; installations and facilities of the
zone of the interior being utilized for the service of the com-
batant troops. However, as soon as the advance is such that
all of the territory gained is not required for combat opera-
tions, a communications zone should be organized.
b. The commander of a theater of operations, in addition
to the direction of combat operations, is responsible for the
provision and distribution of supplies and replacements, hos-
pitalization and evacuation, necessary control over the civil
population in friendly territory, administration of military
government in hostile territory, and control of all means of
transportation within the theater of operations. He organ-
izes the system of supply in the manner best suited to the
performance of its proper functions. The organization of
the system of supply is controlled by the consideration that
it must be capable of adapting itself to the constant, and often
rapidly, changing conditions of military operations. Figure 1
shows a method of decentralizing the administrative control
by the theater commander.
Figure 1. — Method of decentralizing administrative control by
c. When there is more than one theater of operations under
a single commander, the functions of general headquarters
with regard to supply and evacuation consist, in general, in
the apportionment of available resources and facilities, and
in the establishment of priorities among the several theaters.
d. The supply section of the general staff of a theater of
operations prepares and issues the orders and directions nec-
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essary to secure compliance with the commander's basic poli-
cies, decisions, and plans, and also follows up their execution.
e. Chiefs of supply services, at headquarters of a theater of
operations, exercise general technical direction of their serv-
ices as a whole. They are responsible to their commander
(1) The preparation of a complete project for building up
the organization of their respective services, and its expansion
in conformity with the general organization project and with
(2) The efficient operation of their service as a whole.
(3) The establishment and maintenance of simplified and
uniform methods of administration, operation, and pro-
cedure for all activities of their service in the theater of
(4) Cooperation with their service representatives in sub-
(5) Development of new, improved, or special types of serv-
ice supplies to meet the particular requirements of the theater
(6) Command of all service troops, and installations, not
assigned to or attached to subordinate units. (See FM
■ 4. Communications Zone. — a. Definition. — The communi-
cations zone comprises that portion of the theater of opera-
tions containing the principal establishments of supply and
evacuation, lines of communication, and other agencies re-
quired for the immediate support and maintenance of the
forces in the theater of operations. It includes all the terri-
tory between the rear boundary of the theater of operations
and the rear boundary of the combat zone. (See FM 100-10.)
b. Boundaries. — Laterally, the area of the communications
zone is usually coextensive with that of the theater of opera-
tions. The rear boundary of the communications zone is the
rear boundary of the theater of operations and is fixed from
time to time by the War Department. The rear boundary
of the combat zone is fixed by the commander of the theater
of operations. It is determined by the idea that the combat-
zone should embrace only the territory necessary for the com-
bat forces opposed to the enemy. In an advance the rear,
boundary of the combat zone is stepped forward in order to
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relieve commanders of the combat zone from the responsi-
bility of administration of as much territory as possible.
C. Subdivisions. — (1) The depth and organization of the
communications zone will vary between wide limits, in ac-
cordance with each situation. The primary consideration is
that it be so organized as to fit in with the plan of military
operations and relieve the combat forces of every considera-
tion except that of defeating the enemy.
(2) When the situation is favorable for effecting much of
the supply and evacuation direct between zone of interior
establishments and the combat zone, the communications
zone may be very limited in depth.
(3) In some cases the communications zone may be or may
become so extended in depth as to make it desirable to divide
the zone into a base section and an advance section in order
to secure centralized control and decentralized operation.
(4) In exceptional cases, such as an oversea operation, it
may become desirable to divide the communications zone into
three sections, designated in order from rear to front: base,
intermediate, and advance. Conditions may require a subdi-
vision of the sections into subsections.
d. Supply functions. — (1) Base of operations. — The com-
munications zone is the base of operations of the supply
system in the theater of operations. It is the function of the
communications zone to provide for the necessary flexibility
of supply by an adequate echelonment of supply establish-
ments, both laterally and in depth. The forward establish-
ments contain balanced stocks maintained at a level deter-
mined from time to time by the theater commander as neces-
sary to meet promptly the immediate needs of the troops in
the combat zone. In the rear establishments are received
the supplies arriving from the zone of the interior or obtained
by local procurement. In the communications zone, also,
will be found the main repair, replacement, and evacuation
(2) Establishment of communications zone. — Conditions
may arise which will permit operation, in the initial phase of
a campaign, directly between the zone of the interior and the
combat zone without an intervening communications zone.
However, the early establishment of a communications zone,
even though it be of slight depth, is desirable. The first in-
stallations to be established are those of the advance section,
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followed later by those of the base and intermediate sections
in the order named. When only the advance section is estab-
lished, depots of the zone of interior function as base depots.
(3) Communications zone depots. — Depots are the backbone
of the system of supply, and are the means through which the
flexibility of supply operations is assured. Communications
zone depots contain the reserves. The number, location, and
character of these depots, together with the base reserves to
be stocked and maintained, are determined by the comman-
der of the communications zone in accordance with the in-
structions and policies of the theater commander. The com-
munications zone commander allots depot space to the serv-
ices and determines the location of repair establishments and
other installations pertaining to each service. (See also FM
100-10 and 10-5.)
(4) General depots. — General depots are organized into sec-
tions corresponding to the several supply services represented.
Each section is designated by the name of the supply service
to which it pertains, for example, Ordnance Section, Quar-
termaster Section, etc. Each general depot is commanded by
an officer designated by, and who operates under, the com-
munications zone commander. In general, the commander of
a general depot coordinates the activities of the general depot
supply officers while leaving to them the internal manage-
ment of their respective sections. Specifically, the duties of
a depot commander include —
(a) Coordination of the activities pertaining to transpor-
tation, finance, and utilities.
(b) Assignment of space and other facilities to the various
sections of the depot.
(c) Control of a common labor pool and of its allotment
to the various supply sections in accordance with their needs.
(<Z) Facilitating the hauling of incoming and outgoing
shipments, and the loading and unloading of cars and other
means of transportation.
(e) Supervision and control of methods of storage so far as
safety arid proper utilization of allotted space is concerned.
(/) Cooperation in every way with the chiefs of the supply
services. (See also FM 10-5 and 100-10.)
(5) Each depot quartermaster supply officer at a general
depot is responsible for the proper storage, care, mainte-
nance, and issue of all supplies pertaining to his service; the
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operating control of the personnel assigned to his section;
the supply records pertaining to his service; the supervision
of the loading and unloading of his supplies; the proper mark-
ing of all shipments; the necessary arrangements with the
transportation agencies of the depot for shipments; and the
timely transmission, through prescribed channels, of informa-
tion with respect to shipments.
(6) The organization and administration of branch depots
are direct responsibilities of the chiefs of the supply services.
Commanders of branch depots are assigned by the commander
of the communications zone on the recommendations of the
chief of service concerned. Supplies are stored in branch
depots in such amounts as may be prescribed by the communi-
cations zone commander. The commander of a branch depot
has the same responsibilities as those given for the depot sup-
ply officer and, in addition, the duties of a commanding officer
of a station.
(7) The chief of the quartermaster supply service is directly
responsible to the commander of the communications zone for
the supply operations of his branch depots and for the opera-
tions of his repair shops or other establishments. He is
charged with the following responsibilities:
(a) The provision, proper storage, and issue of all supplies
pertaining to the quartermaster service.
(6) The maintenance of depot stocks at prescribed levels.
(c) The supply of technically trained quartermaster per-
sonnel necessary for the efficient functioning of quartermaster
depots and of quartermaster sections of general depots.
(d) The keeping of records . in such form that prompt
report can be made whenever directed as to kind, quantity,
location, and condition of supplies available for distribution.
(e) The issue of such technical instructions to his sub-
ordinates as will insure the efficient functioning of the quar-
(/) The taking of such measures as may be necessary for
equalization of stocks between depots.
(.g) The prompt report, with appropriate recommenda-
tions, to the commander of the communications zone, of all
items of supply which require special attention.
(8) In the forward movement of troops and supplies to
the combat zone the responsibility of the communications
- zone. ends with delivery to the control of the regulating officer.
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(9) The issue of supplies to organizations in the communi-
cations zone is made from the most convenient depots.
(10) In addition to the procurement and distribution of
supplies and material of all kinds for the theater of opera-
tions, the communications zone provides the following:
(a) Facilities for evacuation and hospitalization of men
(b) Transportation for men and supplies.
(c) Depots for replacements and casuals.
(d) Rest camps, leave and quartering areas, and training
(e) Facilities for the reception and care of salvage. (See
■ 5. Combat Zone. — a. The combat zone comprises that part
of the theater of operations required for the active operations
of the combatant forces. Its depth is dependent upon size
of the forces assigned, nature of the operations contemplated,
character of the lines of communication, important terrain
features, and enemy capabilities. The combat zone is di-
vided into army, corps, and division areas, each comprising
the zone of operations of the unit to which it pertains.
b. The army service area is the territory between the corps
rear boundary and the combat zone rear boundary. The
mass of army administrative establishments and army serv-
ice troops is usually located in this area.
c. In an advance the rear boundary of the combat zone
is stepped forward in order to relieve commanders within
the combat zone from responsibility of administration of as
much territory as possible. (See FM 100-10 and 100-5.)
■ 6. Supplies. — In a military sense the term "supplies" cov-
ers all items necessary to the equipment, maintenance, and
operation of a military command. It includes food, clothing,
equipment, arms, ammunition, fuel, forage, construction ma-
terials, and machinery of all kinds. For simplicity and con-
venience of administration, supplies required by troops in the
field are divided into five classes as follows — (see also FM
a. Class I. — Those articles which are consumed at an ap-
proximately uniform daily rate irrespective of combat oper-
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ations or terrain and which do not necessitate special adapta-
tion to meet individual requirements, such as rations and
b. Class II. — Those authorized articles for which allowances
are established by Tables of Basic Allowances and Tables of
Allowances, such as clothing, gas masks, arms, trucks, radio
sets, tools, and instruments.
c. Class III. — Engine fuels and lubricants, including gaso-
line for all vehicles and aircraft, Diesel oil, fuel oil, and coal.
d. Class TV. — Those articles of supply which are not covered
in Tables of Basic Allowances and demands for which are
directly related to operations contemplated or in progress
(except for articles in classes HI and V) , such as fortification
materials, construction materials, and machinery.
e. Class V. — Ammunition, pyrotechnics, antitank mines, and
chemicals. (See also FM 10-5.)
■ 7. Requisition. — Request for supplies, usually on a form
furnished for the purpose. The word is also used to signify
the purchase by demand of supplies in hostile occupied
■ 8. Credit. — Allocation .of a definite quantity of supplies
which is placed at the disposal of the commander of an
organization for a prescribed period of time.
■ 9. Call. — Demand for delivery of supplies covered by
■ 10. Priorities. — Priorities are definite rulings which estab-
lish, in order of time, the precedence of shipments and move-
ments of rail, road, water, or air transport.
■ 11. Reserves. — Supplies accumulated in excess of immedi-
ate needs for the purpose of insuring continuity of adequate
supply. Also designated as reserve supplies.
a. Battle reserves are supplies accumulated by the army,
detached corps, or detached division in the vicinity of the
battlefield in addition to unit and individual reserves.
b. Individual reserves are those carried on the soldier, ani-
mal or vehicle for his or its individual use in emergency.
c. Unit reserves are prescribed quantities or supplies car-
ried as a reserve by a unit.
■ 12. Balanced Stocks'. — Accumulation of supplies of all
classes and in quantities determined as necessary to meet
requirements for a fixed period of time. (See also FM 100-10.)
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H 13. Units of Measure. — a. The term "day of supply" is the
estimated average expenditure of the various items of supply
per day in campaign, expressed in quantities of specific items
or in pounds per man per day. It is a yardstick used by the
-higher echelons of the staff for determining levels, credits,
transportation requirements, etc. The quantities of the vari-
ous items which, taken collectively, represent a day of sup-
ply are determined on the recommendations of the respective
supply services and of the using arms. These recommenda-
tions are based on experience tables, the size and composition
of the forces involved, the character of the operations, the
nature of the enemy, and the climatic conditions of the
theater of operations.
b. A "unit of fire" for a designated organization or weapon
is the quantity in rounds or tons of ammunition, bombs,
grenades, and pyrotechnics which it may be expected to
expend on the average in 1 day of combat.
■ 14. Requirements. — Requirements are the computed needs
for a military force, embracing all supplies necessary for its
equipment, maintenance, and operation for a given period,
and classified as individual, organizational, initial, mainte-
nance, and reserve.
a. Individual requirements are those supplies necessary to
enable the individual to function as a soldier.
b. Organizational requirements are those supplies neces-
sary for the organization to function as a unit.
c. Initial requirements are those supplies required to meet
the original demands incident to field operations.
d. Maintenance requirements are those supplies required
to replace expenditures.
e. Reserve requirements are those supplies necessary to
meet emergency situations incident to campaign.
■ 15. Automatic Supply. — The term "automatic supply" sig-
nifies a process of supply under which deliveries of specific
kinds and quantities of supplies are moved in accordance with
a predetermined schedule. Daily automatic supply means
that certain supplies are dispatched daily to an organization
■ 16. Daily Telegram. — Telegram or other message dis-
patched daily by divisions and larger units giving the unit's
situation relative to supplies. A strength report is included.
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The telegram is the basis on which class I and other supplies
to be forwarded are computed.
■ 17. Depot. — Organized locality for the reception, classifi-
cation, storage, issue, or salvage of supplies, or for the recep-
tion, classification, and forwarding of replacements. Arm or
service depots pertain to a single arm or service and general
depots pertain to two or more supply arms or services; for
example, First Army Ammunition Depot No. 1 or Communi-
cations Zone General Depot No. 3. (See also FM 100-10 and
■ 18. Supply Points. — The generic term used to include de-
pots, railheads, distributing points, and dumps.
■ 19. Distributing Point. — Place other than a depot or rail-
head where supplies are issued to regiments and smaller units.
Distributing points are designated by the class of supplies
therein and by the identity of the unit etablishing them; for
example, Class I Distributing Point, 1st Division, or Ammuni-
tion Distributing Point, 1st Infantry.
■ 20. Lines of Communication. — a. This includes the net-
work of railways, waterways, and roads which lead into the
combat zone from the supply and evacuation establishments
located in the communications zone and the zone of the
b. Railroads are the main arteries of supply and evacua-
tion in the theater of operations. They are also the main
connecting links in the chain of supply and evacuation be-
tween the theater of operations and the zone of the interior,
except in the case of oversea expeditions. Roads, inland
waterways, and, at times, narrow-gage railways form impor-
tant adjuncts to the standard-gage railways.
■ 21. Regulating Station. — This is a traffic-control agency
established on lines of communication and through which
movements are directed and controlled by the commander of
the theater of operations.
■ 22. Railhead (Truckhead, Navigation Head). — A supply
point where loads are transferred from particular type of
transportation being employed; for example, Class I Rail-
head, 1st Division; Gasoline and Oil Railhead; Ammunition
Railheads, 1st and 2d Divisions.
■ 23. Daily Train. — Train arriving daily at railhead with sup-
plies for troops which the railhead serves. (See FM 100-10.)
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ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION OF QUARTERMASTER
SERVICE IN COMMUNICATIONS ZONE
Section I. Office of quartermaster, communications zone 24-29
II. Operation of quartermaster service in communica-
tions zone 30-32
III. Depots 33-39
IV. Regulating stations 40-50
V. Railheads 51-56
OFFICE OF QUARTERMASTER, COMMUNICATIONS
■ 24. General. — General headquarters (GHQ) is the desig-
nation given the headquarters of the commander of the field
forces. The commander of the field forces exercises com-
mand over all of the theaters of operation, specifying, regu-
lating, and coordinating the operations therein in accordance
with the general policies prescribed by the President and un-
der the general direction of the Secretary of War. He is as-
sisted, as in all other large commands, in the performance of
his duties by a general and special staff. One member of
the special staff is designated the quartermaster, general
headquarters. Similarly, on the staff of a commander of
the theater of operations and the communications zone, there
is a special staff officer designated as the quartermaster, the-
ater of operations, and the quartermaster, communications
zone, respectively. (See also FM 10-5.)
■ 25. Duties of the Quartermaster Corps. — The Quarter-
master Corps in the communications zone, under the super-
vision of the quartermaster of the communications zone, is
charged with the efficient conduct of the entire quartermaster
system of supply and transportation to the theater of opera-
tions, either directly or indirectly. This service includes —
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a. The administration of all Quartermaster Corps activities
In the communications zone.
6. Procurement from the zone of the interior or from sources
of supply in the theater of operations of all quartermaster
e. Storage of quartermaster supplies in quartermaster
branch depots and quartermaster sections of general depots
in the communications zone.
d. Distribution of quartermaster supplies to troops in the
combat zone, based upon predetermined requirements or
credits approved by the commanding general, theater of op-
erations, and distribution to troops within the communica-
tions zone based upon approved requisitions.
e. Operation of salvage plants and concentration of mate-
rial at salvage depots where repair, reclamation, and, at
times, manufacture are conducted on an extensive scale. In
this connection the service includes the supervision and op-
eration of laundries and sterilization plants within the com-
/. Procurement, conditioning, care, and distribution of
fir. Operation of the graves registration service, which ac-
quires, maintains, and controls cemeteries; identifies the
dead; registers burials; locates single graves and disposes of
all personal effects of deceased personnel.
h. Transportation service for personnel, animals, material,
and supplies via rail, motor, animal, water, and air. (See
also FM 101-5.)
■ 26. Quartermaster, Communications Zone. — a. General
duties. — The quartermaster, communications zone, is respon-
sible for the quartermaster service in the communications
zone, and his duties, in general, are —
(1) Staff. — (a) Adviser to the commander and staff on mat-
ters concerning quartermaster activities.
(b) Planning, including estimates of requirements in sup-
plies, equipment, personnel, and establishments.
(e) Technical supervision and inspection, within the limits
prescribed by his commander, of quartermaster activities in
the communications zone.
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(2) Command. — (a) Command of the quartermaster serv-
ice within the communications zone.
(b) The efficient operation of his service in accordance
with the policies, plans,' and basic decisions of his commander.
(3) This dual function has many advantages in facilitating
the proper discharge of both staff and command duties.
However, although vested in the same individual, one duty
must not be confused with the other or permitted to interfere
one with the other. The quartermaster, communications
zone, should possess excellent leadership, executive ability,
and a thorough understanding of strategical concentrations,
tactical maneuvers, capabilities of combatant forces, and a
detailed knowledge of the functions, and training and per-
sonnel problems, of all quartermaster units.
6. Specific duties. — The specific duties of the quartermaster,
communications zone, are —
(1) The administration and operation of all Quartermaster
Corps branch depots, repair shops, or other establishments
of the communications zone.
(2) The operation of the quartermaster sections at general
depots of the communications zone.
(3) Provision, proper storage, and distribution of all sup-
plies of standard manufacture and of all supplies common
to two or more arms and services, including motor- and
animal-drawn transport, except special or technical items to
be used or issued exclusively by other supply services.
(4) Shipment and reception of troops and supplies trans-
ported by common carrier, including railways and inland
waterways operated by the engineer service; transportation
of troops and supplies, except such as may be allocated to
another service; and the operation of motor transport estab-
lishments, motor transport pools, army transport establish-
ments, docks, and stevedore services.
(5) Operation of bakeries, cold storage and ice plants,
gardens, laundries, baths, shoe repair shops, salvage plants,
paint shops, blacksmith shops, motor repair shops, fire pro-
tection stations, baggage collection depots, cemeteries, and
other quartermaster utilities.
(6) Provision and operation of the labor service pool.
(7) Provision and distribution of animal replacements.
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(8) Operation and maintenance of all quartermaster
troops, trains, installations, establishments, utilities, and
(9) The maintenance of depot stocks at prescribed levels.
(10) The keeping of records in such form that prompt re-
port can be made whenever directed as to kind, quantity,
location, and condition of supplies available for distribution.
■ 27. Organization of Quartermaster's Office. — The office
of the quartermaster normally is organized into three main
divisions — administrative, supply, and transportation. (See
a. Administrative division. — The administrative division
may be divided into the following branches:
(1) Administrative branch.
(2) Personnel branch.
(3) Graves registration branch.
b. Supply division. — The supply division may, if the work
requires, be subdivided into branches. If the volume of work
does not require it, some of these may be combined. The
branches shown are —
(1) Administrative branch.
(2) Planning branch.
(3) Procurement branch.
(4) Salvage branch.
(5) Subsistence (class I supplies) branch.
(6) Clothing and equipage (class n supplies) branch.
(7) Remount branch.
(8) Miscellaneous branch.
(9) Gasoline and oil branch.
c. Transportation division. — The transportation division
may be divided into the following branches, whenever the
volume of work requires:
(1) Administrative branch.
(2) Planning branch.
(3) Rail transport branch.
(4) Motor transport branch.
(5) Animal transport branch.
(6) Water (and air) branch.
(7) Traffic branch.
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d. This organization may be expanded into more than
three divisions in time of war and some of the branches may
become divisions, and some of the sections may become
e. Functions of the administrative division, — (1) Adminis-
trative branch. — This branch handles all records, mail, tele-
grams, cablegrams, and messenger service; prepares plans
for training Quartermaster Corps personnel; handles all mat-
ters pertaining to inspection of quartermaster activities; pre-
pares estimates of funds; and maintains historical data.
(2) Personnel branch. — This branch procures quartermas-
ter replacements from the zone of the interior and makes
assignments and distribution of the replacements upon their
arrival in the communications zone. The personnel branch
exercises no control over personnel destined for the combat
zone after it has reached the regulating station. ^
(3) Graves registration branch. — This branch acquires,
maintains, and controls cemeteries; identifies the dead; reg-
isters burials; locates graves; and disposes of all the personal
effects of the deceased.
f. Functions of the supply division. — The functions of the
supply division are the procuring, storage, distribution, and
salvage of quartermaster supplies. The various branches,
for example, subsistence, clothing and equipage, gasoline and
oil, salvage and miscellaneous, perform the functions as indi-
cated by their classifications.
g. Functions of the transportation division. — The functions
of the transportation division are to handle traffic matters;
furnish, operate, and maintain all motor and animal trans-
port required; and provide for movement of troops and sup-
plies by all means of transportation.
(1) Maintenance. — The maintenance of motor and truck
transportation is the responsibility of the Quartermaster
Corps under the supervision of the commander of the com-
munications zone. '
(2) Motor transport. — The motor transport pool is oper-
ated under the supervision of a motor transport service of-
ficer on the staff of the chief quartermaster, communications
zone. Animal transportation may supplement motor trans-
(3) Air transport. — Air transport includes all means of
transportation by airships or airplanes. In the theater of
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operations its use, as far as the Quartermaster Corps is con-
cerned, is ordinarily limited to emergency transport, where
time is extremely important, of mail, ammunition, com-
mander's staff officers, couriers, urgent supplies, and possibly
■ 28. Installations. — Within the communications zone the
following quartermaster installations or establishments may
be operated, either in their entirety or in part:
a. Supply. — (1) Quartermaster depots.
(2) Quartermaster section of general depots.
(3) Salvage depots.
(4) General sales stores.
(5) Gasoline and oil depots.
(6) Filling stations.
(8) Cold storage and refrigerator plants.
(9) Shoe and textile repair shops.
b. Transportation. — (1) Army Transport Service.
(2) Motor transport service.
(3) Commercial traffic service.
(4) Animal transportation units.
c. Personnel. — (1) Quartermaster replacement depots.
(2) Provide training cadres at quartermaster replacement
depots, in event replacements received require additional
d. Remount. — (1) Remount depots.
(2) Advance remount replacement depots.
■ 29. Units. — The following quartermaster units may operate
within the communications zone:
a. Supply. — The following units may operate the various
supply installations and establishments within the communi-
cations zone :
(1) Quartermaster service battalions and companies.
(2) Bakery battalions or companies.
(3) Depot (supply) companies.
(4) Gasoline supply battalions or companies.
(5) Graves registration companies.
(6) Laundry battalions or companies.
(7) Refrigeration companies.
(8) Sales commissary companies.
(9) Salvage depot and collecting companies.
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(10) Shoe and textile repair (mobile) companies.
(11) Sterilization and bath battalions or companies.
(12) Truck regiments, battalions, and companies.
(13) Railhead companies.
b. Transportation. — (1) Motor transport operating units.
(2) Motor transport maintenance units.
(3) Quartermaster service, GHQ Air Force.
(4) Port of embarkation (debarkation).
(5) Port battalions and companies.
c. Personnel. — Replacement depot units.
d. Remount. — Remount squadrons or troops.
e. Animal transport. — (1) Wagon battalions and companies.
(2) Pack troops.
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■ 30. Personnel. — a. Requirements. — The study of require-
ments for quartermaster units and miscellaneous personnel,
commissioned, enlisted, or civilian, is made in a series of
phases in which the ratio of personnel pertaining to the
different administrative services and to combat divisions en
route from the zone of the interior is determined by head-
quarters, theater of operations, and the details for those re-
lating to the quartermaster service are worked out by the
personnel section, quartermaster, communications zone.
These studies are sent to the zone of the interior where the
units and miscellaneous personnel are organized, trained,
and prepared for service in the theater of operations.
b. Procurement. — (1) Procurement of personnel from the
zone of the interior is handled by means of the requirements
program and special calls.
(2) Procurement of personnel from local sources is confined
to transfers of officers and enlisted men from other branches
of the Army and the hire of civilian employees. Civilian
employees are hired by the quartermaster depots and stations
according to local needs, as authorized by the quartermaster,
communications zone (personnel section). Civilians em-
ployed in the office of the communications zone quarter-
master, principally stenographers, typists, and clerks, are
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hired by the personnel section which keeps the records
pertaining to them. This class of employees is procured
from the zone of the interior, or, when operations are con-
ducted in friendly territory, in part from the local inhabi-
(3) Replacement depots. — Upon arrival of units in the com-
munications zone, they are given assignments by the person-
nel section and they then proceed to their destinations.
Units for which no special assignment is immediately avail-
able, and all commissioned and enlisted personnel not as-
signed to units are routed to replacement depots. Upon
arrival at these depots, casual officers and men are classified
according to individual qualifications. Their qualification
cards are then forwarded to the personnel section, office of the
quartermaster, communications zone, and form a basis for
c. Distribution. — (1) All requisitions for quartermaster
personnel, including replacements, are received by the office
of the quartermaster, communications zone. They are filled
from the pool at the replacement depot or by the transfer
of personnel from other assignments, according to the quali-
fications required. It will be necessary for the personnel
section to exercise close supervision over all assigned per-
sonnel within the communications zone so as to determine
from which points it can best be spared to meet urgent calls.
(2) The personnel section exercises no control over per-
sonnel destined for the combat zone after it has reached the
regulating station. Records are maintained, however, as to
the assignments of every officer and enlisted man both in the
combat zone (by unit) and in the communications zone (by
unit and station) . As occasion demands, personnel in the
communications zone is redistributed by the quartermaster,
communications zone, with the approval of G-l, communi-
■ 31. Supply. — a. Requirements.-— -The determination of
supply requirements under the policies established by head-
quarters, theater of operations, is made by the supply divi-
sion of the quartermaster's office, in coordination with G-4,
b. Procurement. — (1) Most of the supplies are secured from
the zone of the interior and are based on requirements and
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(2) Some supplies are procured from sources in the theater
of operations, either by purchase or by requisition.
c. Storage. — The supply division supervises the operations
of all quartermaster branch depots, and quartermaster sec-
tions of general depots in the communications zone. These
depots are exempted from the control of section commanders
except for discipline, fire protection, and other matters per-
taining to routine administration.
d. Distribution. — (1) Within communications zone. — Requi-
sitions for quartermaster supplies prepared by organizations
stationed in the communications zone are submitted through
local quartermasters to section quartermasters of the com-
munications zone and in the event credits have not been
established, transmitted by the latter to the communications
zone quartermaster's office (supply division) for approval.
After approval they are transmitted to the proper depots for
filling. In the event credits have been established for units
or sections, the using agency procures the supplies by means
of a call or draft from the proper depot.
(2) Class I supplies. — The requisition for class I supplies,
when on an automatic basis, is known as the daily telegram.
The army receives daily telegrams which give the strength of
its divisions and corps troops. These telegrams are con-
solidated by the army quartermaster who adds to these figures
the strength of the army troops. He then forwards this
consolidated daily telegram to the regulating officer. The
regulating officer then calls upon the designated depots of
the communications zone for the necessary supplies. These
depots in turn ship in bulk the required supplies to the regu-
lating officer who sorts them into division and similar unit
lots and forwards them by the daily train to the proper
railhead. (For details see ch. 2, pt. EL)
(3) Class III supplies. — (a) Gasoline and oil supply depots
are established at convenient locations throughout the com-
munications zone. They should be located at points where
there are adequate rail and highway facilities. These depots
ship gasoline and oil to the regulating station in either tank
cars, tank trucks, or 10-gallon containers, upon call from
the regulating officer. The regulating officer, based upon re-
quests submitted through the medium of the daily telegram,
will forward this gasoline and oil to designated gasoline and
oil railheads or truckheads. He may also attach gasoline and
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oil cars to the unit section of the daily train, but this should
be done only under exceptional circumstances, because of the
danger of Are which might destroy the entire train.
(b) Filling stations. — Gasoline and oil filling stations will
be established at all depots and other supply points through-
out the communications zone and at such other locations
along the main highways to provide an adequate number of
gasoline and oil supply points throughout the entire communi-
cations zone. Gasoline and oil supply units should make
frequent deliveries of gasoline and oil to these filling stations.
(c) Gasoline and oil supply units. — Sufficient gasoline and
oil supply companies or battalions must be assigned to the
communications zone to provide adequate supply of gasoline
and oil to all supply points in the communications zone.
These units, and such additional units from GHQ as may be
required, may be used to supplement the gasoline and oil
deliveries to the combat zone whenever the situation requires
(4) Class II and class IV supplies. — (a) Credits may be
established in the communications zone depots by the theater
commander for designated units. When such credits have
been established, the army or other units may draw supplies
by submitting a draft or call, either upon the regulating
officer, or upon the designated depot. In the event the call
is made through the regulating officer, he ships the supplies
by rail to a designated railhead or truckhead. If the call is
made direct on a depot the supplies may be transported by
trucks furnished by the unit making the call. In the event
the call is made through the regulating officer, and the rail
lines are interrupted, he must arrange with the motor trans-
port service to forward the supplies by truck.
(b) In the event credits have not been established, or have
become exhausted, the army will submit requisitions, ap-
proved by the army commander, to the regulating officer or
to the quartermaster, communications zone. If the supplies
are available, they will be forwarded either by rail or truck
to the designated supply point. If the supplies are not avail-
able in the designated depot, the unfilled items will be ex-
tracted to the quartermaster, communications zone, who will
designate other depots where the supplies are available.
(c) The demand for class IV supplies varies between wide
limits, and as the supplies in the theater are usually limited,
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credits should be established only when the situation clearly
demands it. Owing to the limited quantities available, sup-
plies of this class will normally be procured through
requisitions approved by the theater commander.
e. Salvage. — The quartermaster, communications zone, op-
erates all salvage plants and depots within the communica-
tions zone. The collection of salvage within the combat zone
is an army function. All unserviceable quartermaster and
miscellaneous material is concentrated at salvage depots
where repairs are conducted on an extensive scale and where
some manufacturing is done. In connection with these ac-
tivities the quartermaster supervises the operation of laun-
dries and sterilization and bath units.
■ 32. Transportation. — a. Rail shipments. — The operation
of military railways is a function of the Corps of Engineers.
The quartermaster is charged, however, with arranging with
the operating agency in the theater of operations for the
shipment of all troops and supplies by rail.
b. Water transportation. — The quartermaster service op-
erates such water transportation of the Army Transport
Service and the harbor boat service of the Quartermaster
Corps as may be assigned to the theater of operations.
c. Motor transportation. — The motor transport activities
of the quartermaster service consist of —
(1) The operation of motor transport of the quartermaster
(2) The third and fourth echelon maintenance of the mo-
tor transport of the quartermaster service and of units of
the combat arms and other services equipped with motor
vehicles supplied by the Quartermaster Corps.
(3) The operation of motor transport centers and sub-
(4) Procurement and distribution of motor vehicles, unit
assemblies, spare parts, and automotive operating and main-
tenance supplies. (See pars. 82 to 85, incl., of this manual
and FM 100-10 and 10-5.)
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■ 33. General. — Field Service Regulations define an army
depot as a supply point designated as such by the army com-
mander and located in the army area where the temporary
storage of supplies that the situation demands is maintained
nearer at hand than is possible in the advance section of the
communications zone and for the storage of supplies requisi-
tioned in the combat zone. Supplies maintained in the army
area are ordinarily limited in character to those essential to
maintain combat efficiency and in quantity to that required
to meet the needs of the army for a period not exceeding
a few days. Therefore, an army depot should not be estab-
lished unless the situation clearly demands it, and the army
should always look to the communications zone for replenish-
ment of supplies. (See also FM 100-10.)
■ 34. Depots. — Depots within the communications zone may
be classified under three heads. Advanced depots are al-
ways organized, even though the communications zone may
be shallow in depth. Base depots are established when the
communications zone is of considerable depth, and inter-
mediate depots may be established when the communications
zone is of great depth. The order of these depots from front
to rear is advanced, intermediate, and base. Figure 3 shows
a schematic diagram of depots and regulating stations within
the theater of operations. All depots designated within the
combat zone are army depots. The smaller circles within
the communications zone indicate the advanced depots, the
next larger circles the intermediate depots, and the largest
circles the base depots. Depots within a communications
zone may be either general or branch. General depots are
organized so as to provide a supply section for each of the
services. The branch depots, however, are organized so as to
house only one service. Depots within the communications
zone are numbered serially, a separate series of numbers
being assigned to the general depots and a separate series
for the branch depots for each of the services, for example,
Communications Zone General Depot No. 3, or Communica-
tions Zone Quartermaster Depot No. 1.
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■ 35. Location of Depots. — Advance depots should be located
as far forward in the communications zone as the situation
permits. All depots should be located along the lines of com-
munication, preferably along railroad lines. These should
also be located so as to provide a good highway net to the
combat zone. In addition, if possible, either standard or nar-
row gage railways should be available to transport supplies
to the combat zone. (See FM 100-10.)
■ 36. Organization of Communications Zone. — a. General
depots. — General depots in the communications zone are or-
ganized so as to provide a supply section for each of the
services. Each section is designated by the name of the
supply service to which it pertains, for example, ordnance
section, quartermaster section, etc. The general depot is com-
manded by an officer designated by the commander of the
communications zone and operates directly under the com-
munications zone commander. The internal management
of the respective supply sections is left to the chief of that
section, under the chief of that service, but the activities of
the depot are generally coordinated by the depot commander.
b. Quartermaster depots. — A commanding officer of the de-
pot is designated by the commander of the communications
zone. The office should be divided into three divisions — ad-
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ministration, supply, and depot quartermaster. The depot
quartermaster division operates the local depot supply and
motor transportation, and provides for the upkeep of the
depot, including the maintenance of roads. The supply divi-
sion provides the necessary personnel to operate the re-
ceipt, storage, and issue of quartermaster supplies. The ad-
ministration division, operating under the executive officer,
provides the personnel for administering to the needs of the
depot. A typical layout for a quartermaster supply depot is
given in figure 4. Any layout for a depot should provide space
for an office, warehousing of small packages which should be
under cover, a railway station, and ample parking space for
vehicles. There should also be ample space for open storage.
The open storage piles should permit the passing of vehicles
between each pile in all directions. The piles should not be
too high nor spread over too much ground. Railroad facili-
ties should be available for the movement of supplies to and
from the depot. There should be ample turn-around facilities
for vehicles around the tracks and enclosed warehouses.
■ 37. Operations. — a. As the supply system must be flexible
to meet the constantly changing situations, so must the or-
ganization and operation of the quartermaster depots be
flexible and assure that troops in the combat zone can secure
the required supplies promptly and on short .notice. In order
to accomplish this, requisitions must be reduced to a mini-
mum and the method of issue so simplified that any essential
article can be issued without delay.
b. Quartermaster depots may be required to operate under
either of the following systems :
(1) Credits may be set up in the depot upon the order of
the theater commander. These credits may be allotted for
either the army as a whole or for the various divisions or corps
and army troops of the army. These credits may be set up
in terms of days of supply of the various items and will be
available to the limit of established credits. Upon call by
the unit to which the credits have been allocated, the depots
must be prepared to ship by rail to the appointed supply point
any supplies called for under the terms of the credit, or to
issue at the depot to vehicles of the unit concerned any sup-
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(2) When credits have not been established, all supplies
are secured through the medium of requisitions and must bear
the approval of the army quartermaster and the quarter-
master, communications zone. As soon as the supplies have
been made available within the various depots, the requisi-
tioning agency may send organic transportation to the depot
to draw the supplies, or may request that the supplies be
shipped by rail to a designated railhead or by motor convoy
to a designated truckhead.
c. When supplies are not available within the depot, the
depot commander should extract the unfilled requisitions
THEATER OF WAR
■* THEATER. OF OPERATIONS
6-12 MONTHS' RE-
1-S MONTHS' CURRENT SUPPLIES
ECHELONED III DEPTH . LARGE STOCKS
IN REAR, PROGRESSIVELY SMALLER
STOCKS TOWARD FRONT .
DEPOTS . ALSO
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Figure 5. — Echelonment of supplies in theater of war.
to the communications zone quartermaster, who will desig-
nate other depots to fill them, or call on the zone of interior
for the supplies.
■ 38. Stockages. — Normally there will be from 1 to 3 months
of current supplies echeloned in depth from the largest
stocks in the rearmost depot to the smaller stocks toward the
front. In addition to the supplies maintained in the com-
munications zone, a few days of immediate supplies are usu-
ally held available in army depots. Figure 5 shows the
echelonment of supplies stocked in the various depots.
■ 39. Quartermaster Company Depot (Supply) .—a. This is
the administrative and technical unit for operating a quarter-
master supply depot other than motor transport and remount.
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It has the capacity to supply all classes of quartermaster
supply, except animals and motor transports, to maintain
60,000 men under war conditions. Two or more companies
can be combined to supply personnel to the larger depots in
the communications zone. The company is divided into a
company headquarters, a depot headquarters platoon, and a
storage platoon. The company is commanded by a captain
who supervises the administrative and record work of the
b. The company headquarters provides the personnel for
the interior economy of the company, including messing,
supplies, and clerical work.
c. The depot headquarters platoon furnishes the per-
sonnel required to handle the clerical work of the depot and
to maintain the depot utilities. Sufficient office personnel
is provided so as to permit organization of the depot along
commodity lines, one section for subsistence, one for
clothing and equipage, and one for general supplies.
d. The storage platoon furnishes the personnel necessary
for the receipt, storage, warehousing, and issue of supplies
in the depot. (See T/O 10-227.)
■ 40. General. — Regulating stations are traffic control agen-.
cies designed to maintain regularity in supply and evacua-
tion movements to, within, and from the combat zone, com-
munications zone, and, when necessary, from the zone of the
interior to the theater of operations.
a. Regulating stations are established on the lines of com-
munication. They are provided usually at the rate of one
for each army or similar command. Each of the regulating
stations serves a definite area of the combat zone delimited
on the basis of the available lines of communication, the
strength of the forces involved, and the capacity of the
station. If conditions permit, each area should be coincident
with an army area in the combat zone.
b. Regulating officers operate under the orders of the
theater commanders as traffic control agencies.
C. Owing to the dangers of interruption of railway trans-
portation by hostile aircraft, it is necessary to supplement
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the railway transportation service. Motor transportation is
ideally suited for this, and a representative of the motor
transport service should be on the staff of all regulating offi-
cers. Detailed plans should be prepared for the prompt sub-
stitution of motor service when railroad transportation is
disrupted. In such a contingency the regulating officer will
also have authority under general control of the theater
headquarters to control all road traffic between the
communications zone and the army service area.
d. Even though all lines are functioning normally, less than
carload lots of supplies may often be shipped from the com-
munications zone depot to army depots by motor rather than
by rail. The coordination of this type of shipments will be
handled by the motor transport officer on the staff of the
regulating officer. (See FM 100-10.)
H 41. Relationship Between Regulating Officer, Theater
Commander, and Commanders of Communications Zone and
Army. — The regulating officer is the direct representative of
the commander of the theater of operations, and operates
under his orders.
a. The communications zone commander is responsible for
the maintenance of stocks in the depots supplying the combat
zone and for the operation of the military railway service.
Under policies formulated by theater headquarters, he desig-
nates the depots in which the army is given credits, the loca-
tions to which salvage is to be evacuated, and the number
of trains and other railway equipment to be made available
to the regulating officer.
b. The principal job of the regulating officer is to meet the
needs of the army for supply and evacuation within the limi-
tations of the facilities at his disposition. He must be kept
informed of pending operations and contemplated changes in
locations of army depots and railheads.
c. The regulating station must be in direct communication
with theater headquarters. It must be in close touch at all
times with communications zone headquarters and installa-
tions. Between the regulating station and army headquar-
ters and depots there should be a continued interchange of
information and advice. The regulating station system pro-
vides the elasticity, mobility, safety, and secrecy essential to
large scale operations in modern warfare, and provides the
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commander of the theater of operations the desired degree of
control over movements of troops, supplies, and evacuation.
d. Figure 6 shows the relationship between the regulating
officer, the commanding general of the theater of operations,
the army commander, and the commanding general of the
communications zone. Command is exercised by the com-
manding general, theater of operations, through the com-
manding general of the communications zone, the regulating
officer, and the army commander. The regulating officer's
primary function is the coordination of supplies between the
communications zone and the army. (See also PM 100-10.)
THEATER OF OPERATIONS
COORDINATION OP SUPPLY
// OFFICER i
' "•• • " '
FiGuitE 6. — Regulating officer's relationship to theater of operations
commanders and quartermasters.
■ 42. Kinds of Regulating Stations. — a. There are two kinds
of regulating stations, primary and secondary.
(1) Secondary stations are temporary in character, con-
sisting essentially of sufficient tracks to allow trains, made up
for divisions at the communications zone depots, to be
switched as necessary and routed to their railheads.
(2) Primary regulating stations, on the other hand, are
of a more permanent character and have yard and switching
facilities, when possible, at the junction point of several routes
leading, from the various depots and installations in the rear
from which supplies and replacements are drawn.
b. Secondary regulating stations represent the first effort
of the Military forces operating in a theater ef operations to
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relieve congestion at the depots by establishing the place for
regulation of trains at least several miles from the depots and
at points convenient to the front. They may also be used
in the rapid advance of mobile warfare. Since this type of
station has no facilities normally for the make-up of trains,
the daily trains are made up, as far as possible, at the depots,
cars being added, as necessary, with class n, HI, and IV sup-
plies when such supplies are shipped to railheads. (See also
■ 43. Location. — Flexibility and mobility in the use of the
communications net are obtained by establishing regulating
stations in the communications zone at or near the rear
boundary of the combat zone and, when necessary, at or near
the rear boundary of the theater of operations. When the
situation permits, a regulating station should be established
at a location where the necessary facilities exist or can be
quickly provided. Preferably, it should be located at a junc-
tion of two or more routes leading from the supply and
evacuation establishments in rear of the combat zone. It is
also desirable that two or more separate routes lead to the
area served by the station. It should be linked with other
regulating stations so that traffic may be maneuvered laterally
as well as to and from the combat zone. The regulating
station should be located near enough to the combat zone to
enable trains departing about dark, to arrive at their destina-
tion before daylight. It must also be far enough to the rear
to be reasonably safe from enemy activities. (See PM
■ 44. Organization. — An outline of a regulating station or-
ganization is shown in FM 100-10. A tentative- functional
diagram of a regulating station organization is shown in figure
7; however, this figure is merely to indicate a type set-up to
be modified as required.
a. The regulating officer commands the station. He is the
direct representative of the commander of the theater of
operations and responsible only to him. He is provided with
the necessary operating personnel and suitable staff assistants.
He is responsible for the systematic and orderly movement
of supplies and reinforcements from the regulating station
to the front and for the movement by rail of the sick and
wounded men and animals, prisoners of war, and materiel to
Has functions of a post headquar-
Responsible for shipment class I
Receives daily telegram calling on
depots for supplies.
Handles requisitions for other sup-
Responsible for reserves — station
Physical handling of railroad
Make-up of trains.
Controls rail transportation offices
in army area.
Control of hospital trains.
Handles sick .and wounded.
Reports from communications
zone as to bed space in base hos-
Car record bureau.
Keeps order of battle and location
Gives transportation disposition
sheets as to all organizations in
TROOP MOVEMENT SECTION
Arranges for transportation of
troops and casuals both in and
out of army.
Figure 7.— Functional diagram of a primary regulating station
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b. A superintendent of the military railway service is as-
signed to the staff of the regulating officer. He is directly
responsible for the movement of all trains in accordance with
the instructions and priorities received from the regulating
c. The quartermaster transportation section should have a
troop movement branch and supply movement branch. This
section receives the requests for rail movements, assembles
the requirements for railway transport, arranges with the
superintendent, military railways, for the necessary move-
ments, and insures that movements to the combat zone are
in accordance with priorities established by the regulating
d. The medical evacuation section, under a medical officer,
is charged with effecting the necessary arrangements for
the movement of sick and wounded men and animals from
army evacuation hospitals to general hospitals in the com-
munications zone. The evacuation of men is accomplished
by the use of specially equipped hospital trains placed at
the disposition of the regulating officer. This section main-
tains a record of the credits in beds in the communications
zone hospitals. The evacuation of animals is usually made
in stock trains.
e. Each supply section is in charge of a representative of
the particular chief of supply service concerned. Each has,
in general, the functions of any supply office. It receives
requests from the army, transmits the tonnage, car, or train
requirements to the quartermaster transportation section,
follows up the arrangements made for shipping, and notifies
the army when shipments may be expected.
/. The adjutant's section is responsible for making arrange-
ments, through the quartermaster transportation section,
for the movement of personnel replacements, adjutant's de-
partment supplies, and mail. It follows up these shipments
and advises the army when they may be expected to arrive.
Normally the chief of this section will have charge of the
postal regulating station which handles the reception and
sorting of mail dispatched to or from the combat zone.
■ 45. Installations,— For a regulating station serving an
army, when possible, there should be provided approximately
four receiving tracks, eight classification tracks, eight de-
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parture tracks, four storage tracks for reserve supplies, two
extra tracks for emergencies, and two tracks for bad order
cars. Each of these tracks should be able to accommodate
a full standard train length. In addition, there should be
provided about 2 miles of track for engine overhaul facilities
and about 2 miles of track for switching facilities for the
services having stocks of emergency supplies at the regulating
station. (See FM 100-10.)
a. In addition to the necessary trackage and switching fa-
cilities, a regulating station will require storage space for the
supply of the personnel of the station; a warehouse or freight
shed for handling mail, baggage, express, and less than
carload shipments; another for handling small components
of the ration, if these are not received from the depots
packed in unit sections; and facilities for handling casuals
and prisoners of war.
b. Since a regulating station is primarily a traffic control
agency, large depots should not be located near it. The
transloading of supplies for storage and issue is not a normal
function of the regulating station, and will cause such a
congestion as to defeat the object of the regulating station.
■ 46. Operation. — Class I supplies are received at the
regulating station in several ways:
a. In unit sections of the daily train, each section loaded
with 1 day of supply for the specific organization to which
assigned. This method is preferred when the situation per-
mits, as the unit sections, as soon as checked, can be shifted
to the departure tracks where cars containing mail, casuals,
or other supplies are added. This method greatly simplifies
the operations of the regulating station.
b. In unit sections of the daily train, each section loaded
with 1 day of supply for units approximating the strength
of a division. This simplifies the operations at the communi-
cations zone depot, and gives greater flexibility in the use
of the unit sections by the regulating station.
c. In bulk train shipments, each train being loaded with
carloads of but one kind of supply, such as bread, meat, other
ration items, hay, grain, gasoline, or oil.
d. A combination of a or b and c, daily train sections being
limited to 1 day of supply of designated ration items, other
items being received in bulk train shipments.
e. Figure 8 shows the schematic method of operating the
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regulating station with reference to class I supplies. The
various train loads of rations and other components of class
I and HI supplies are received at the regulating station where
they are broken down and sorted into unit lots for the
/. When trains are received at the regulating station under
c or d method, they are taken at once to the receiving tracks
of a regulating station. There the cars are checked by num-
bers and by contents; when the checking operation is com-
pleted the train is broken up. Cars, the contents of which
have to be rehandled before attachment to the daily supply
trains, are switched on the sidings which serve the mobile
storage installations of the Quartermaster Corps or other
supply services, or they are placed 'on the siding where less
than carload (LCD shipments are handled.
g. Loaded cars which do not have to be rehandled before
entering into the composition of a daily train are shunted to
the classification tracks marked "F" on the diagram. The
tracks in this yard are specialized by commodities. In other
words, one track will have on it only cars of oats, another
track, cars of hay, another, cars of bread, etc.
h. The unit sections of a daily train are made up in the
classification yard "F" by taking the proper number of cars
from each track. To these cars are added those containing
mail, other supplies, casuals, or less than carload shipments.
When such sections are made up they are switched to the
departure yard "A" where they remain until their departure
for the railheads. Only at the last moment are cars con-
taining personnel, animals, or mail attached to the waiting
supply trains. These daily trains are run on regular schedules,
and should be so timed as to arrive at the railhead preferably
not later than midnight. Immediately upon the departure
of each daily train from the regulating station the railhead
officer concerned is given information of the departure of
the train and is advised as to the car numbers and the con-
tents of each car. It is desirable that all locomotives be used
to their full capacity, and for this reason when the rail net
serves more than one division, a daily supply train usually
is made up of two or three unit sections.
i. Upon the return of the supply trains to the regulating
station, inverse operations to those described in the preceding
paragraphs are not generally the case. Only cars bringing
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back supplies or materials which are to be held temporarily
at the regulating station are allowed to remain there. All
empty cars remain at the regulating station as short a time
as possible and are sent to large railway centers in the com-
■ 47. Ammunition and Bulk Supplies. — Shipments of ammu-
nition, engineer supplies, such as road-building material, and
other bulk supplies, are handled, as far as possible, by com-
plete train shipments. Depots in the communications zone
load complete trainloads of ammunition and other bulk sup-
plies, and those trains are moved without delay direct through
the regulating station, or preferably around it, to the proper
supply points. Under no circumstances are ammunition
trains stored in the regulating stations. When mobile re-
serves of ammunition and gasoline are required to be tem-
porarily stored in the vicinity of the regulating station, they
should be stored a few miles away from the station itself.
■ 48. Evacuation. — The evacuation of sick and wounded is
handled by the employment of specially equipped hospital
trains which are assigned to and controlled by the regulating
station. These trains are routed forward to army evacuation
hospitals and from there back to general hospitals in the
communications zone or zone of the interior, through the reg-
ulating station. When casualties have been heavy the regu-
lating officer may have to use any empty rolling stock which
is in his yards to make up special trains for evacuation. The
medical officer on the staff of the regulating officer is given
credits by the surgeon, communications zone, under policies
formulated by theater headquarters, in numbers of beds in
various hospitals in the communications zone or the zone
of the interior. He receives information from the army of
the cases to be evacuated from the various hospitals and he
then arranges with the superintendent, military railway serv-
ice, for the dispatch of hospital trains which are held on sid-
ings at strategical points near the regulating station. The
evacuation of sick and wounded animals is handled in a
similar manner, using stock trains specially fitted up for the
■ 49. Personnel. — Replacements should not be sent in as
individuals. They should be formed into detachments at the
replacement depots, under an officer or noncommissioned
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officer for particular units. Much confusion and congestion
would be caused at regulating stations by detraining casuals
and replacements and sorting them out for dispatch to their
proper organizations. Large troop movements are handled
by the regulating officer just as any other movement into
or from the combat zone. If possible, however, it is desirable
to route these trains around the regulating station.
■ 50. Motor or Animal Transportation. — The fundamental
factors governing the organization and establishment of reg-
ulating stations on the rail net are applicable to organized
roadways when it is necessary to employ motor or. animal-
drawn transport columns to supplement the railways between
the communications zone and the combat zone. In .order to
meet the conditions so imposed, motor or animal-drawn
transport columns are organized in the communications zone
and dispatched through regulating stations established at
points best located to meet the needs of the combat troops.
Under these conditions, regulating stations are pushed as far
forward as safety permits.
■ 51. General. — A railhead is a point on a railroad desig-
nated as such which provides rail accommodations for the
unit it is designated to serve. Railheads are agencies of the
regulating station and are operated by quartermaster railhead
companies under the supervision of the regulating officer.
The responsibility of the regulating officer for supplies begins
when the supplies have been turned over to him by the
communications zone. The regulating officer's responsibility
ceases when he has delivered the supplies to the troops at
the proper railhead. A railhead may serve one or two divi-
sions or similar units. (See also FM 100-10.)
■ 52. Characteristics. — Any railway station that is to be
used as a railhead for a considerable length of time should
possess the following characteristics:
a. Located as conveniently as possible to the units to be
served but beyond the effective range of hostile artillery.
t>. Storage facilities, both open and closed, sufficient to care
for the supplies to be maintained.
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c. Receiving, switching, and spare sidings. A siding ca-
pacity of eleven 36-foot cars is ample for the unit section of
a daily train for one division. Greater siding capacity, there-
fore, may permit two such trains to be at the railhead at the
same time. This will permit the class I supply of more than
one division, or an additional train with other than class I
d. Unloading platforms for supplies, personnel, and animals.
e. Good highway facilities.
/. Space in and around the station sufficient for trucks to
keep off the main highway while at the railhead, and also
for the necessary maneuver of vehicles during the operation
of loading. (See fig. 9.)
■ 53. Operation. — a. Personnel. — Railheads and railhead
personnel are exempted from the control of commanders cf
tactical units in whose territorial jurisdiction they may be
located, except in matters of police, traffic control, and
measures for the enforcement of sanitation and safety. la
emergencies, when railhead or service troops are insufficient
to meet the requirements in labor, the railhead officer may
call upon the nearest military commander for assistance.
b. Railhead officer. — Each railhead is commanded by a
railhead officer who ia responsible for the efficient operation
of his installation. He commands by virtue of authority
delegated to him by the commander of the theater of oper-
ations, through the regulating officer. He receives his in-
structions from the latter, and is assisted by suitable per-
sonnel from the services interested (See also PM 100-10.)
His duties are the following:
(1) He is charged with the reception, unloading, custody,
and delivery of all supplies received at his station. He is
warned by his railway transportation officer of the probable
hour of arrival of trains and must make arrangements to
unload all cars with utmost dispatch. These cars should be
released without delay.
(2) He is responsible for the sanitation and appearance
of his yards and all grounds adjacent thereto.
(3) Whenever a railhead is located at a commercial sta-
tion, a station not devoted entirely to military purposes, he
must exercise particular care not to encroach upon por-
tions of the yard reserved for commercial purposes. He
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should establish friendly relations with the station agent and
the commercial railway personnel on duty thereat.
(4) He should take special precautions to keep the loading
platforms and the ground near the tracks clear.
(5) He distributes to the division quartermaster, or other
supply officer, the daily class I supplies of rations and forage
based upon the actual strength of the organization in men
and animals, and all other items of class I supplies on actual
requirements. Other supplies are distributed in accordance
with the original demand for them.
(6) Records are kept showing the receipts, issue, and dis-
position of all supplies received.
(7) Under such regulations as may be prescribed by the
regulating officer, he receives and ships all salvage and
surplus property delivered to him.
(8) By means of a daily report of the actual issues and
stock on hand of the main items of class I supply, he keeps
the regulating officer informed as to conditions at the rail-
head, which enables the regulating officer to adjust the loads
of the daily trains to meet actual requirements of the troops
and to assure the proper level of railhead reserves.
(9) He, or a commissioned assistant, inspects the contents
of each car and verifies its quantity and condition.
c. Railway transportation officer. — The railhead officer has
associated with him as his subordinate a railway transpor-
tation officer to cooperate in matters of railway operation.
The railway transportation officer is a representative of the
rail transport service and, in all matters of railway operation,
reports to and receives his orders from his division super-
intendent. Actually he is a military station agent. In coop-
eration with the railhead officer he should, by all means in
his power, expedite the movement, release, and return of
all railway rolling stock and free the railhead as rapidly as
possible of railway equipment. He keeps a car record show-
ing the car number, date of arrival and departure, and
■ 54. Railhead Company. — a. A quartermaster railhead com-
pany (T/O 10-197) is organized for the purpose of operating
the railhead. This company is organized into a company
headquarters and three platoons, and has a capacity to
receive, issue, and evacuate all class I, II, m, and IV supplies
(except ammunition and animals) required to maintain
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25,000 men. The company headquarters supervises the op-
erations and is responsible for all administrative duties
pertaining to the company.
b. The platoon is the basic operating unit. It is divided
into two sections for convenience in staggering working hours,
or for the purpose of handling specific commodity classes
of supplies. (See also PM 100-10.)
■ 55. Daily Train. — a. A daily train is usually accompanied
by a noncommissioned officer from the regulating station
who turns over to the railhead officer the invoice of the ship-
ment. This invoice is used either by the lieutenant in charge
of records or the lieutenant in charge of operations in in-
specting the contents of each car. The inspection is facili-
tated by the loading slip, duly verified, which is tacked in a
conspicuous place in each car near the door. In open cars,
the slips are tacked in places protected from the weather.
The loading slips show the car number, contents, weights
or quantities, and the consignee.
b. As the railhead officer (or his representative) inspects
each car, unloading details with checkers are present to begin
unloading the supplies, either placing them in the storehouses
and open storage, or issuing them direct to vehicles. Where
the loading slip and the checker's list do not agree, a report
is made to the regulating officer setting forth the discrepancies
in detail. Hay and grain are placed in open storage on
dunnage and under paulins, while rations are stored under
cover. Fuel and gasoline are placed in open storage. (See
also FM 100-10.)
■ 56. Railhead Reserves. — a. A railhead reserve consists of
such items as may be prescribed by the division or higher
commander. A class I supply railhead will normally stock
reserves to an amount prescribed by the division or higher
commander in all stabilized situations. In mobile situations
the tactical situation, type of combat, facilities available, the
terrain, and the danger of hostile interruption of lines of
communication will all influence the commander's decision
as to the type and quantity of reserves. In general, it can
be said that 1 day of class I supplies normally will be carried
at each railhead. If, however, a river must be crossed in
supplying the troops, and there is danger of interruption by
hostile air attack, additional days of supply should be con-
centrated in the railheads in the amount decided upon by
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the commanders. In some instances the advance or with-
drawal may be so rapid as to preclude the maintenance of a
railhead reserve. (See also PM 100-10 and 10-5.)
b. Between the submission of the daily telegram and the
receipt of the supplies by the division quartermaster there
will be a lapsed period of several days. This is known as
the "time lag." The length of this time lag may vary from
1 to 5 days. During this period, changes in the strength of
the organizations both in men and animals may take place.
To compensate for these fluctuations a small railhead reserve
becomes automatically established to compensate for these
differences. For example, daily telegrams submitted on each
of the following days show the strength of the division :
Jan. 10 Jan. 11 Jan. 12 Jan. 13 Jan. 14
11,298 11,201 10,200 9,703 12,772
The time lag from date of submission of the daily telegram
until supplies are received by the division quartermaster is
assumed to be 3 days. Therefore, the supplies ordered Janu-
ary 10th will be received night January 13-14, and supplies
ordered January 11th, will be received night January 14-15.,
However, the telegram of January 10th called for supplies
for 11,298 men, but when received night January 13-14 the
division has only 9,703 men. The quantity of supplies for
the difference of 1,595 men is placed in the railhead reserve.
On January 11th, the telegram called for supplies for 11,201
men, but when the supplies are received night January 14-15,
the division has 12,772 men and there will be a shortage of
1,571 rations. On night January 13-14, however, 1,595 rations
were placed in the railhead reserve and these are now avail-
able to the railhead officer to make up the shortage. As only
1,571 rations are required, there will still be a railhead
reserve of 24 rations available for future issues.
c. In cases where the quantity of rations received at the
railhead is less than that required by the division and there
is no railhead reserve, special provisions will have to be
improvised by the command until this shortage has been
d. Shortages may also be made up from such railhead re-
serves as may be prescribed by the commander, for in those
instances 1 or more days of supply are maintained for the
entire division. This reserve, however, will also fluctuate,
based upon the time lag.
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Section I. Salvage and related activities.
III. Gasoline and oil supply.
IV. Remount depot
V. Personnel replacement-.
SALVAGE AND RELATED ACTIVITTES
■ 57. General. — a. The prompt salvage of equipment and ma-
terial which are partially worn out or abandoned on the bat-
tlefield and in camps and bivouacs, together with the ex-
ploitation of captured material, makes available considerable
quantities of supplies for issue to the troops and lightens the
burden on the lines of communication incident to the trans-
portation of supplies from the rear. (See also FM 10-5.)
b. A salvage service is organized in the theater of operations
for the purpose of collecting and sorting all abandoned and
unserviceable property. Fundamentally, salvage operations
in the combat zone are organized and executed under the
direction of army headquarters. During periods of stabliza-
tion, corps and division commanders may be made responsible
for salvage operations within their commands.
c. Salvage property is collected at points so located as to'
permit its transportation by empty vehicles moving to the
rear. Articles which cannot be placed in serviceable condi-
tion for reissue to troops by facilities at the disposition of
the army are evacuated to railheads.
d. Arms and equipment of the sick and wounded are col-
lected at hospitalization establishments and turned over to
the salvage services.
e. In order to insure the proper sorting of salvage property,
it is essential that the several services be represented by com-
petent personnel at points where salvage is collected.
/. Salvage property not required in the army is evacuated
as rapidly as conditions permit to designated depots of the
communications zone or zone of the interior.
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gf. In war, two agencies cooperate in the recovery of salvage
materials. Organizations collect and return to dumps or rail-
heads all unserviceable and excess supplies, and quartermas-
ter salvage collecting companies collect, sort, and classify all
salvage and waste material.
h. Salvage materials collected in the combat zone are taken
to salvage dumps or collecting stations which are established
at convenient points along railways, roads, or other avenues
of communication. At salvage dumps the materials are care-
fully inspected by quartermaster salvage collecting companies
and separated into two classes:
(1) That which is new or fit for immediate reissue.
(2) That which is to be sent back to salvage depots.
i. Salvaged optical instruments should be rolled in burlap
bags, tied, and labeled in letters not less than 1 inch high,
OPTICAL INSTRUMENTS— HANDLE WITH CARE. Opti-
cal instruments are never allowed to accumulate, but are
shipped at once to the nearest ordnance shop or depot.
j. Rifles should be dipped in an oil bath and securely tied
in bundles of three, two with butts down, with a rope or piece
of canvas between them to prevent marring.
k. Before beginning the collection on a battlefield an officer
should make a preliminary survey for the following purposes:
(1) To locate the places containing the largest quantity of
(2) To determine the amount of labor necessary.
(3) To determine the best' arrangement for evacuation.
I. Salvage officers should keep a general' receipt and ex-
pended or issue account of all articles handled by them.
m. The corps or army quartermaster will normally have
As his assistants the necessary quartermaster officers to super-
vise salvage activities pertaining to his command. (See
FM 100-10 and 10-5.)
■ 58. Salvage Collecting Company. — This unit is designed
for the receipt, collection, sorting, and basic classification of
all classes of salvage at salvage collecting points, salvage
dumps, and at railheads and to evacuate it to salvage depots
in the communications zone. It is organized into three pla-
toons of two sections each, the sections having two squads.
It has ordnance, chemical, and signal personnel attached.
(See T/O 10-187 and FM 10-5.)
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■ 59. Headquarters, Quartermaster Salvage Depot. — The or-
ganization for the headquarters of a quartermaster salvage
depot has been designed to repair and reclaim damaged, un-
serviceable, and abandoned quartermaster property and ma-
terials recovered from the battlefield and after repair to
dispose of it by returning it to quartermaster depots for re-
issue. This unit provides for the officers and enlisted men
required to operate and maintain the depot and its repair
equipment and to supervise the personnel and repair work
of the installation. The actual repair work is performed by
civilians or enlisted men who are specialists in the manu-
facture or repair of the various classes of equipment and
supplies that will probably have to be handled. The salvage
depot repairs only articles of quartermaster issue and reships
to salvage depots of other supply services the reparable items
and reclaimable materials pertaining to the respective service
which have been received at the quartermaster salvage depot.
The headquarters, quartermaster salvage depot, is organized
as shown in T/O 10-250. (See FM 10-5.)
a. Administrative division. — The administrative division
is subdivided into two branches, the administrative and
the service branch. The administrative branch of this divi-
sion maintains the records and performs the military and
technical paper work incident to the operation of the depot
and its personnel. The service branch is subdivided into
supply, utilities, and maintenance sections. The supply sec-
tion of the service branch handles all classes of supply for
the depot, including clothing and rations for the personnel
employed and all of the machinery, tools, and technical
operating supplies required in the repair shops. The utili-
ties section maintains the building, grounds, and machinery,
including the operation of the power and heating plant.
The maintenance section provides watchman service, oper-
ates a general mess, and provides the transportation required
about the depot.
b. Salvage division. — This division is divided into admin-
istrative, classification, disposal, and storage branches. The
administrative branch of this division supervises the activi-
ties of the division in general, including the assignment of
personnel and the maintenance of salvage records. The
classification branch supervises the receipt of salvage sent
to the depot, its classification, and distributes the various
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classes and items to the proper shops of the repair division
and/or the storage branch. The disposal branch is charged
with the disposal of waste materials and nonreclaimable and
nonreparable property. The storage branch is charged with
the storage and disposition by issue or shipment to depots
of the various supply arms and services, of the serviceable
and repaired property.
c. Repair division. — The repair division is subdivided into
six branches. This division repairs .only items of common
issue to all branches of the service. It does not repair motor
vehicles, weapons, aircraft, radios, or other technical Signal
Corps, Medical Department, or Chemical Warfare Service
equipment; such material is repaired in shops especially
designed for this class of work and operated by the respec-
tive supply services. The administrative branch supervises
the activities of the division in general, including the assign-
ment of personnel and the maintenance of the repair rec-
ords. The clothing and textile branch is charged with the
repair of clothing, fabric headwear, bedding, blankets, and
other supplies of a textile nature. The shoe and leather
goods branch is charged with the repair of shoes, harness,
saddlery, and other articles fabricated from leather. The
canvas and webbing branch is charged with the repair of
tentage, paulins, web equipment, upholstery, and other arti-
cles made of canvas or web materials. The machinery and
metal goods branch is charged with the repair of mechani-
cal equipment, animal-drawn transportation, tools, laundry^
and bakery equipment, and other supplies fabricated from
metal. The miscellaneous branch is charged with the op-
eration of several miscellaneous shops for the repair of band
instruments, typewriters, rubber goods, and other supplies
not falling definitely into the classes repaired by other
branches of the repair division.
■ 60. Sterilization and Bath. — a. Battalion sterilization and
bath. — (1) The quartermaster sterilization and bath battalion
or company has the mission of divesting personnel and cloth-
ing of lice and similar parasites. This mission is accomplished
by providing hot water shower baths, medical examinations,
and a change of clothing for personnel. Clothing removed
from infested personnel is sterilized and that which needs no
repair is laundered by a quartermaster laundry company and
made available for reissue immediately. Clothing which needs
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repair is sent back to the salvage depot for repair and then
placed in stock.
(2) The battalion headquarters and headquarters detach-
ment supervises the administration, supply, and technical
operations of the battalion as a whole. The battalion head-
quarters personnel is attached to one of the companies for
rations and quarters.
6. Company sterilization and bath. — The company is com-
posed of a company headquarters, a supply platoon, and a
sterilization and bath platoon. (See T/O 10-177.)
(1) The company headquarters administers, supplies,
messes, and supervises the technical operations of the com-
pany as a whole. It consists of the company commander
and 22 enlisted men. To process, that is, to bathe, physically
examine, and reclothe the number of troops listed as the
daily capacity of the company (2,500) in 10 hours, all of
the platoons, sections, and squads are required.
(2) The supply platoon fits and issues clean clothing to
the troops and disposes of the soiled clothing, after it has
been sterilized, by sending it to a quartermaster laundry
company for further renovation, or to salvage if not
(3) The sterilization and bath platoon operates the steam
sterilizers and provides the bathing service.
(4) It takes about 45 minutes for a soldier to pass through
the plant, this time being divided about as follows:
(5) The steam sterilizers and the shower baths are installed
on the 5-ton sterlization and bath semitrailers, one to each
of the four sections of the sterilization and bath platoons;
a 5- ton tractor truck is provided for each of these semitrailers.
Each of the four issue squads in the supply section of the
supply platoon has a 2'/2-ton cargo truck with 1-ton trailer.
The clean articles of clothing which are issued to the soldier
consist of one each of undershirt, underdrawers, socks (pair) ,
shirt, trousers, coat, overcoat and mittens (pair) (if cold
weather) , cap or hat, waist belt, handkerchief, leggings (pair) ,
Bathing ^ 15
Medical examination 5
Drawing clean clothing , 10
Includes time of
passing from one
"station" to an-
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and shoes (pair) if required. The clothing issue, fitting, and
exchange are handled by the squads of the supply section, and
the salvage by the salvage section, of the supply platoon. The
processing of the men through the unit is administered by
the supply platoon headquarters.
(6) Buildings or tentage may be used for undressing, medi-
cal examination, dressing, and salvage operations. Steam
and hot water for the sterilization of the clothing and for
the baths are generated on the semitrailer. An ample supply
of water must be available.
■ 61. Laundry. — a. Quartermaster laundry battalion. — The
quartermaster laundry battalion is composed of a battalion
headquarters and headquarters detachment and four laundry
companies. The quartermaster laundry battalion has suf-
ficient personnel and equipment to serve a force of 144,000
men weekly and is organized in accordance with T/O 10-165.
b. Quartermaster laundry company. — The quartermaster
laundry company is a mobile unit and can provide weekly
laundry service to a force of 36,000 men by washing 36,000
each of shirts, socks (pairs) , towels, trousers, undershirts, and
underdrawers. These operations do not include ironing, dry-
cleaning, or degassing. This weekly capacity is based on
two 6-hour operating shifts per day. The company is or-
ganized in accordance with T/O 10-167.
(1) The company headquarters performs the usual admin-
istrative and technical supervisory functions for the company
as a whole.
(2) The platoon is the basic operating unit and is self-
contained. It can provide weekly laundry service to a force
of 9,000 men by washing 9,000 each of shirts, socks (pairs) ,
towels, trousers, undershirts, and underdrawers. The dis-
tribution and number of personnel permits working two 6-
hour shifts per day which can be lengthened, if necessary.
(3) The laundry company is mobile, all of its operating
equipment being mounted on laundry semitrailer vans. Trac-
tor trucks are provided to move the unit from one location to
(4) Each platoon has four semitrailer vans, laundry, 5-ton,
on which are mounted electric motor-driven washing ma-
chines, extractors, and tumblers; also, equipment for furnish-
ing steam and hot water. One 1%-ton cargo truck and a
1-ton trailer are provided to each platoon for local hauling
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■ 62. Shoe, Clothing, and Textile Repair. — The quartermas-
ter mobile shoe and textile repair company is a unit provided
for. the purpose of accomplishing shoe, clothing, and. textile
repairs with or in close proximity to the troops in order to
reduce excessive movements along the line of communications
and to be able to reissue the shoes, clothing, and textile equip-
ment in less time than that involved where shoes, clothing,
and textile equipment must be shipped long distances to the
rear for repair.
a. The company has a strength of 3 officers and 199 enlisted
men, and is organized into a company headquarters and two
2-section platoons. (See T/O 10-237.)
6. The section is the basic repair unit, with its own foreman,
operators, and equipment. The platoon is merely a combina-
tion of two sections, with the addition of a shoe machine
mechanic and a sewing machine mechanic. It has six semi-
trailer vans, two for shoe repair, two for clothing repair, and
two for textile equipment repair; it is equipped with shoe and
sewing machines and other necessary equipment. It also has
six tractor-trucks, 4- to 5-ton, as organic transportation for
the shop vans.
■ 63. Commissary Company. — a. The sales commissary com-
pany has a strength of 4 officers and 201 enlisted men. It
Is composed of a company headquarters and three platoons
of four sections each. It is equipped with three trailers per
section, one for sales, one for administration, and one for
stock. (See T/O 10-157.) The company headquarters per-
forms the usual administrative and "housekeeping" functions
for the company as a whole, and supervises the sales activities
and the property and money accounts of the operating
platoons and sections.
b. The sales commissary company operates the general
sales stores in the communications zone. It is the largest
unit of its type and is capable of serving about 120,000 troops.
Although its primary function is to provide this service for
troops in the combat zone, the organization is such that a
mobile unit operated by a section capable of serving 10,000
troops may be set up at any desirable point in the communi-
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cations zone as well as the combat zone. Likewise, larger
stores operated by a platoon of four sections or any combina-
tion of sections, each section serving about 10,000 troops, may
be operated as the necessity arises.
c. Items to be sold will be designated by proper authority.
These items will be procured from depots operating within
the communications zone or from other sources as directed.
d. Authorized individuals, organizations, and messes as des-
ignated by proper authority may purchase at the general
sales store. Records, accounts, etc., will be maintained as
directed for the operation of sales commissaries in existing
regulations or current orders. (See FM. 10-5.)
■ 64. Bakery Battalion. — a. The quartermaster bakery bat-
talion has a strength of 23 officers and 645 enlisted men,
and is organized into a battalion headquarters and head-
quarters detachment and four companies. The bakery bat-
talion has a daily capacity to bake sufficient fresh bread to
supply approximately 160,000 men. (See T/O 10-145.)
b. The quartermaster bakery company, 5 officers and 158
enlisted men, has a baking capacity per day capable of serv-
ing 40,000 troops. It is organized into a company head-
quarters and four platoons. (See T/O 10-147.)
c. The bakery platoon, with 1 officer and 35 enlisted men,
is the basic operating unit and is organized into a platoon
headquarters and four baking sections. Each section oper-
ates one oven and can bake about 980 pounds of bread in
seven "runs" per 24 hours; this results in the platoon's baking
normally about 3,920 pounds and the company 15,680 pounds
of bread per 24 hours. If necessary, ten "runs" per day can
be turned out, thus making the maximum output per 24 hour
day about 1,400 pounds per section, 5,600 pounds per platoon,
and 22,400 pounds per company. Thus, the normal capacity
of the bakery company will provide for a force of 40,000 men.
d. Fresh bread is usually supplied from field bakeries oper-
ated in the communications zone by the bakery battalions or
company. The field bakery is set up at or near advance quar-
termaster class I supply depots which serve troops in the com-
bat zone. Other field bakeries are set up to serve the troops
within the communications zone. In exceptional cases field
bakeries may be operated by an army in the combat zone.
When operating in this manner they function directly under
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the army quartermaster service, and are usually attached to
the army or independent corps.
■ 65. Cold Storage and Refrigeration. — a. Refrigeration
company. — The refrigeration company consists of 4 officers
and 224 enlisted men. It is made up of a headquarters pla-
toon, butchery platoon, ■ refrigeration platoon, and a cold
storage platoon. (See T/O 10-217.)
(1) Headquarters platoon. — The headquarters platoon Is
organized into a company and platoon headquarters, an ad-
ministrative section, and a plant service section.
(a) Company and platoon headquarters. — The company
and platoon headquarters performs the military, administra-
tive, supply, and training functions for the company and
the plant as a whole.
(b) Administrative section. — The administrative section
handles the technical administration of the several operating
(e) Plant service section. — The plant service section, or
utilities group, maintains the machinery and technical equip-
ment and tools used to operate the plant. As this installation
preferably operates in permanent buildings, and must so op-
erate where ice is to be manufactured, a considerable amount
of machinery and an ammonia piping system must be kept
in repair. While the company can operate from the road-
side, for example, at a regulating station or railhead, by using
refrigerator cars in which to store the perishable subsistence,
it is preferable to provide for a permanent installation in the
communications zone, and to forward the perishables to the
front in refrigerator cars or trucks, when available.
(2) Butchery platoon. — The butchery platoon does the
meat cutting in order to forward to railheads the "retail"
cuts rather than the "wholesale" market cuts. In addition,
this platoon can slaughter, dress, and perform abattoir func-
tions to a limited degree if it becomes necessary to pro-
cure live animals in the theater of operations. The platoon
is not equipped to conduct continued or large scale slaughter-
house activities, but it can perform these functions when the
necessity arises. Should such activities become necessary
the additional labor required must be secured from quarter-
master service units.
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(3) Refrigeration platoon. — The refrigeration platoon op-
erates the refrigeration and ice-making machinery and
equipment of the plant, and personnel for this purpose is
provided in sufficient numbers to be able to operate in three
(4) Cold storage platoon. — The cold storage platoon re-
ceives and stores the frozen and chilled meats, meat food,
dairy, and other perishable products, and loads them into
cars for forwarding to the railheads on the daily train or to
trucks which may be sent out from the plant.
(5) Transportation. — Transportation is furnished to the
company to provide only the local needs of the plant and
the supervisory and operating personnel.
(6) Medical personnel. — As this company and its instal-
lations will normally be found in the communications zone
where medical service is available, attached medical per-
sonnel has not been provided.
(7) Inspection. — Two officers and eight enlisted men of
the Veterinary Corps attached to the company are for the
purpose of inspecting the meats and other perishables upon
receipt and prior to shipment, to act in an advisory capacity
as concerns the sanitation of the plant, and to render such
other technical assistance as may be required.
(8) Existing facilities. — Whenever possible, existing cold
storage and refrigeration facilities should be used. This is
particularly so in the case of loading and unloading facilities
at ports of debarkation.
b. Functions. — The refrigeration company is organized for
use in war in the communications zone. It has two major
functions — namely, the storage and issue of fresh meats,
poultry and eggs, dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables,
and medical department perishables, and the manufacture
of the ice required by hospitals and other installations in
the theater of operations. In addition it is equipped to
quarter beef (cattle), to produce "retail" meat cuts from
"wholesale" cuts, and to perform such boning work as may
be required. The company is designed for a capacity to serve
120,000 troops, provide a 30-day stockage of 2,500 tons of
meat, a 30-day stockage of 1,500 tons of other perishable
food products', and to manufacture 200 tons of ice in a 24-hour
day. (See FM 10-5.)
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GASOLINE AND OIL SUPPLY
■ 66. Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Units. — a. (1) The
mission of the gasoline supply battalion is to distribute gaso-
line and oil to general headquarters and army and corps
troops, to augment distribution to divisions when required,
particularly in event of disruption of the railroads, augment
or supplant deliveries from the zone of the interior or com-
munications zone to the combat zone, and to operate filling
stations at various points in the theater of operations.
(2) The method under which this battalion is employed
will depend on the situation. It is contemplated that, except
under unusual circumstances, the battalion will not operate
as a unit in one locality. The company is the normal op-
(3) The battalion has a capacity of 62,800 gallons of gaso-
line and 1,200 gallons of oil, sufficient to serve 4,800 vehicles,
all classes, based on one trip per day. The battalion and
each of its companies is equipped with 2y 2 -ton cargo trucks
and 1-ton trailers for delivery of gasoline and oil in 10-
gallon unit containers.
(4) The battalion is organized into a headquarters and
headquarters detachment and four companies, with a total
strength of 10 officers and 480 enlisted men. (See T/O
b. (1) The gasoline supply company has a capacity of 15,-
700 gallons of gasoline and 300 gallons of oil, sufficient to serve
1,200 vehicles, all classes, based on one trip per day. (May
also carry small amounts of gear lubricants and greases.)
The company is organized with a company headquarters, a
truck platoon, and a service platoon, as per T/O 10-77.
(2) While the company is the normal operating unit, it
may, if conditions warrant, have sections or squads attached
to tactical units. The company may also set up and oper-
ate service stations and supply points at convenient points
along the highway, and may operate civilian installations and
make deliveries direct to train bivouacs or distributing
(3) The truck platoon is practically a standard platoon,
organized, equipped, and with a strength almost exactly
like a platoon of a truck company. (See T/O 10-57.)
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(4) The service platoon is organized similar to, and with
the strength of, a section of a quartermaster service com-
pany. (See T/O 10-67.) This platoon functions at rail-
head or filling stations to fill cans from tank cars, tank
trucks, or drums, to load and unload trucks, and issue gaso-
line and oil. Normally, 20 of the 40 gasoline handlers are
attendants on trucks (usually one to a truck) to unload and
issue filled cans and to unload empty containers.
■ 67. Gasoline and Oil Filling Station. — The army quar-
termaster will establish gasoline and oil supply points at
all railheads and depots or at convenient locations, such as
civilian gasoline filling stations, on the main supply routes.
This is to permit motor vehicles sent to the rear for any
purpose to be filled with gasoline and oil on the same trip.
(See FM 100-10.)
■ 68. Remount Squadron. — a. The function of the remount
squadron is to operate a field remount depot with a capacity
of 1,600 animals. The squadron is organized into a squadron
headquarters and headquarters detachment and four re-
mount troops. It has a strength of 19 officers and 674 enlisted
men, plus attached medical of 8 officers and 44 enlisted men,
mostly veterinary technicians. (See T/O 10-95.)
b. The squadron headquarters and headquarters detach-
ment performs the administrative, supply, and general super-
visory functions for the squadron as a whole.
■ 69. Remount Troop. — The personnel of the remount troop
is sufficient to receive, handle, condition, and supply 400 ani-
mals. It is organized into a troop headquarters and a depot
group. The personnel consists of 4 officers and 165 enlisted
men, plus attached veterinary of 1 officer and -7 enlisted
men. (See T/O 10-97.)
a. The troop headquarters administers, supplies, and messes
the personnel of the troop and performs the record and
paper work incident to the operation of the depot.
b. The depot group is the operating unit of the company.
■ 70. Operations a. The animals to haul wagons should be
taken from those being conditioned at the depot. In good
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weather, where pasturing is available, a comparatively small
quantity of grain and long forage will have to be fed, but
during inclement weather or where pasturing is not available,
hay, straw, oats, and bran must be provided daily.
b. Normally, a field remount depot is operated by a remount
squadron and will be found at or near a veterinary hospital.
The plan of coordinated and cooperative work by and be-
tween the personnel of those two installations is that when
replacement animals are delivered to troop units, usually
by marching, the remount personnel will be charged with the
delivery and will be assisted by the veterinary corps personnel
attached to the remount squadron or by personnel from the
adjacent veterinary hospital. The accompanying veterinary
personnel is especially required when shipments or deliveries
are to be made by water, rail, or truck during which many
cases of travel sickness and injuries are found. When the
delivery of the replacement animals has been made to the
troop units, the sick and wounded animals from the combat
area are evacuated to the veterinary hospital, this movement
being in charge of the veterinary personnel and assisted by
the remount depot personnel. (See FM 100-10 and 10-5.)
C. In providing nonsupervisory operating personnel to the
depot group, a further basis has been accepted as satisfactory
in most cases: 1 horseshoer per 100 animals, 1 saddler per
100 animals, and 1 horsetrainer and 1 stableman per 8
animals. (See FM 10-5.)
■ 71. Replacement Plan. — A plan for the organization, train-
ing, and forwarding of personnel in sufficient numbers to
maintain all troops in the theater of operations at full
strength at all times is a basic necessity in preparation of
any plan of operation. (See PM 100-10.)
■ 72. Preparation of Plan. — The preparation of the re-
placement plan, including the number of replacements esti-
mated as necessary, is a function of the zone of the interior.
However, the commander of the theater of operations is mate-
rially concerned and must make representations as to his
requirements when necessary.
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■ 73. Types of Replacement. — Replacements of personnel
are divided into two classes: filler replacements and loss re-
placements. Filler replacements are those required initially
to raise units to prescribed strength. Loss replacements are
those needed to replace losses. All replacements should be
thoroughly trained, clothed, equipped, and properly armed
before being forwarded to a theater of operations.
■ 74. Replacement System. — a. The replacement system in
the theater of operations must be sufficiently flexible to meet
the local needs and to insure an unfailing and timely arrival
of replacements where needed.
b. Replacements, like supplies, are echeloned in depth.
The number of echelons depends mainly on the depth of
the theater of operations. Base and advance replacement
depots may be established in the communications zone if
necessary. (See PM 100-10.)
■ 75. Sources of Replacement. — Sources of replacements
comprise the zone of the interior; evacues in the theater of
operations who, as a rule, are automatically returned to their
former organizations; the personnel returned to an assign-
ment status from absence without leave ; prisoners upon com-
pletion of sentence; officers upon reclassification; and others
who for any reason become available for assignment. (See
■ 76. Forwarding Replacements. — a. Replacements are for-
warded upon requisition. A company requisitions on the
regiment, the regiment, on the division. A division fills the
requisitions in whole or in part from replacements available
to the division and makes requisition on the army for the
part or parts of requisitions which it is unable to fill. Corps
requisition directly on the army. The army fills in whole
or in part the requisitions which it receives from replacements
available in the army replacement battalions; it draws on
the communications zone for the part or parts of the requisi-
tion which it is unable to fill. Credits may be established for
the theater of operations by the War Department in depots
in the zone of the interior upon request of the commander
of the theater of operations..
b. (1) Replacements are forwarded to their organizations
in the theater of operations by the most convenient means
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available — by rail, motor, or water transportation, or by
marching. Forward movements beyond railheads are
normally executed by marching or by motor.
(2) Replacements may be forwarded directly from the zone
of the interior to divisions in the theater of operations, to
the army replacement battalions, or to the base or advance
replacement depots. A replacement depot is an agency lo-
cated in the theater of operations for the roception and dis-
tribution of replacements. They may be forwarded from the
latter to the army replacement battalions or to divisions; or
from the army replacement battalions to divisions. Replace-
ments for corps and army troops are forwarded in a similar
manner. The method selected is that which is the most con-
venient and practicable, depending on the situation and the
character of the operations.
c. (1) Priority in the forwarding of replacements to the
army is established by army headquarters. Where two or
more armies are served by a common communications zone,
the next higher headquarters under which the armies operate
(2) In the forwarding of replacements by railroad, regu-
lating stations function in the same manner as in the ship-
ment of supplies for the commands which they serve. Pri-
ority of movement to the army is determined and coordinated
by the regulating station under instructions from the army.
(See FM 100-10.)
■ 77. System of Requisitioning and Forwarding of Re-
placements. — The system of requisitioning and forwarding of
replacements is shown diagrammatically in FM 100-10.
■ 78. Replacement of Quartermaster Personnel. — In gen-
eral, the replacement of quartermaster personnel will follow
the system outlined above. (See FM 100-10.)
■ 79. Additional Sources of Replacements. — In addition to
the zone of the interior as a source from which ceplacements
are obtained, men discharged from hospitals, both in the zone
of the interior and theaters of operations, will be available.
These sources increase in importance as hostilities continue.
(See FM 100-10.)
■ 80. Return of Personnel to Units. — a. Effort should be
made to return individuals as replacements to the units from
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which they were evacuated. Where the military situation
makes this too difficult, or when appropriate vacancies do
not exist in these units, such action may be impracticable.
For example, when a vacancy occurs in a noncommissioned
grade in a quartermaster unit, it will ordinarily be filled under
first priority by a noncommissioned officer from the same
unit who is returning as a replacement. If there is no such
returning noncommissioned officer, the vacancy may be filled
by promotion. A temporary excess of total noncommissioned
grades in a company or similar unit or headquarters organiza-
tion is authorized for the sole purpose of permitting a non-
commissioned officer replacement to return to his old
organization. Such excess, however, will be limited and must
be absorbed by the first permanent vacancies that occur in
the organization concerned.
b. Wherever practicable, quartermaster officers discharged
from hospitals in the theater will be included among the re-
placements returned to the divisions or other units in which
they formerly served.
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Section I. Water
III. Rail -.
IV. Air „.
■ 81. Ports of Embarkation (Debarkation) . — See FM 10-5
and T/O 10-260-1.
a. Port headquarters company. — The port headquarters
company is organized for the purpose of performing the nor-
mal "housekeeping" and local quartermaster administrative
functions at the port. The company headquarters has 3
officers and 114 enlisted men. All enlisted men of the port
headquarters sections are assigned to the headquarters com-
pany for administration, supply, and messing. (See PM
b. Quartermaster battalion, port. — The common labor at a
port is performed by personnel of the quartermaster battalion,
port. This battalion consists of a headquarters and head-
quarters detachment and four companies of three platoons
each. (See T/O 10-265.) Each company has a loading or
unloading capacity of 1,500 ship tons and 150 animals per
day. The size and capacity of the port will decide the number
of port companies or battalions to be attached. Additional
labor that may be required may be provided by attaching
quartermaster service units.
■ 82. General. — a. Importance. — Motor transport is an im-
portant component of the transportation service available
to the commander of the communications zone. It is the
normal means of supplementing the available rail and inland
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waterway transport. It is extensively used in troop move-
ments, in administration of depots and other establishments,
and in the movement of less than carload lots between depots
and the combat zone. In order to provide for the efficient
operation of motor transport, it is essential that an adequate
number of motor transport supply depots and repair shops
be established throughout the communications zone. (See
b. Organization. — The units of the motor transport service
attached to the communications zone function under the di-
rection of the communications zone quartermaster in accord-
ance with the policies established by the commander of the
communications zone. The organization, training, mainte-
nance, and operation of this service is a function of the Quar-
termaster Corps. This transport service includes a head-
quarters and such administrative, passenger, cargo, supply,
and maintenance units as are necessary for its efficient oper-
ation. It is responsible for the procurement of all motor
transport operating in the theater of operations for which the
quartermaster is charged, motor replacement parts, gasoline
supply, and trucks and component parts. Units of the motor
transport service are attached to armies and corps when the
situation demands and within the communications zone to
ports, depots, hospitals, and other establishments in accord-
ance with their needs. Whenever motor pools are established
within the communications zone, transportation units of all
classes of transport may be assigned to the pool. (See PM
10-5 and 100-10.)
c. Operations. — Movement of troops and supplies to, and
evacuation from, the combat zone by motor transport are
controlled by the regulating officer in the same manner as
for rail traffic. The regulating officer keeps informed as to
traffic conditions and the availability of motor transportation,
arranges for shipments by motor transport as desired, and
coordinates such movements and the traffic control agencies
between the communications zone and the armies. (See par.
32 and PM 10-5.)
■ 83. Motor Transportation Units. — a. In order to effect the
pooling of all motor transportation, provide for efficient main-
tenance within the communications zone, and reduce the
quartermaster motor supply and transportation respensibili-
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ties of the theater commander, all motor transportation may
be organized into a motor transport service. To provide for
the control of such a service, a motor transport service head-
quarters and a motor transport service headquarters company
is provided, which will supervise the procurement, operation,
and maintenance of all motor transport operating within the
theater of operations with which the Quartermaster Corps is
charged. This headquarters is divided into three divisions —
an administrative division, an operations division, and a main-
tenance division. The headquarters company provides the
clerical force and other personnel required to operate the
headquarters and to perform the military and housekeeping
duties for the headquarters personnel. Other units that are
normally available for assignment to the motor transportation
service are car companies, light maintenance battalions, heavy
maintenance regiments, truck regiments, and gasoline supply
battalions. (See T/O 10-500-1 and 10-500-2.)
b. Car company. — The car company is organized to furnish
passenger transportation and messenger service for various
headquarters and the motor transportation service. This
unit establishes and operates the headquarters garage and
such subgarages as may be required for headquarters of units
larger than a division. This company has sufficient capacity
to care for the needs of an army headquarters, while one of
the four platoons is sufficient to provide the requirements
of an army corps. The platoons are so organized that one or
more of them may be detached from the company and still
be capable of establishing a headquarters garage and messen-
ger service. This company is divided into a company head-
quarters and four operating platoons. The company
headquarters performs the normal administrative duties
common to all units. (See T/O 10-87.)
c. Quartermaster truck regiment. — (1) The quartermaster
truck regiment is- designed to provide the transportation unit
for the hauling of cargo and for the movement of personnel
by motor transport. This regiment is equipped with six-
wheeled vehicles which may be of 2y 2 -ton, 4-ton, or 6-ton
capacity and equipped with either cargo bodies or -tank
bodies; they may also have 2y 2 -ton, 6x6, truck tractors
and semitrailers. The type depends on the necessity for a
particular design or type vehicle. Subordinate units and
personnel of these regiments will have the same organization
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regardless of the type or design of the truck assigned to that
unit. These regiments are all supplied, with some 620 trucks
and 505 trailers, but only 576 of the trucks and 480 of the
trailers are normally considered available for cargo-carrying
purposes. The remainder of the vehicles are required for
administrative and housekeeping purposes within the
(2) The regiment consists of a regimental headquarters
and headquarters detachment, three operating battalions,
and attached medical and chaplain personnel. The regi-
mental headquarters and headquarters detachment provide
the necessary personnel for administering the needs of the
regiment. It consists of 4 officers and 25 enlisted men. (See
(3) Each battalion is organized into a battalion head-
quarters and four companies. The headquarters and head-
quarters detachment perform the general administrative
functions of the battalion. Each battalion has one-third of
the cargo- and troop-carrying capacity of the regiment. A
major commands the battalion and has as his assistant a
captain who is adjutant and traffic officer, and who is the
commander of the headquarters detachment. The adjutant,
as the chief of the traffic section, is responsible for the road
reconnaissance and road control of the battalion. The head-
quarters and headquarters detachment is normally attached
to one of the companies of the battalion for messing. (See
(4) The quartermaster truck company or troop is the basic
operating unit of the regiment and consists of a company
headquarters and two platoons, each platoon being divided
into two sections. The company headquarters performs the
normal duties of company administration. It is provided
with a 2 1 / 2 -ton cargo truck equipped for second echelon main-
tenance, a wrecker truck, and the usual kitchen truck and
company equipment truck. Each of the two platoons is
divided into two sections of two squads each. (See T/O 10-57.)
■ 84. Motor Vehicle Maintenance. — See PM 25-10 and 10-5.
■ 85. Motor Vehicle Maintenance Units. — a. The light
maintenance battalion and the heavy maintenance regiment
provide the necessary units for the operation of repair and
maintenance establishments within the communications zone
and the combat zone.
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b. Light maintenance battalion. — (1) The light mainte-
nance battalion is designed to furnish third echelon motor
maintenance, which includes the supplying of second echelon
repair parts for operating motorized units. The battalion
may be operated as one unit in some central location or it may
be distributed by companies throughout the communications
and combat zone area, establishing its shops near the units
which it is intended to serve. This battalion, is organized
so as to provide for the detachment of subordinate units for
this purpose. It is also designed to provide for attachments
to heavy maintenance regiments when assisting In the oper-
ation of base shops. This battalion or its companies may
be attached to army, corps, and divisions, and can be used
to handle the overflow from the triangular divisions. (See
(2) The battalion is organized into a headquarters and
headquarters detachment and four companies. The head-
quarters and headquarters detachment provide the normal
administration for the battalion. The light maintenance
company readily adapts itself to act as a light maintenance
troop when assigned to a mechanized cavalry brigade by sub-
stituting motorcycle mechanics for half of the automobile and
truck mechanics that are normally assigned to the company.
(3) The company is divided into a company or troop head-
quarters, a supply platoon, and two light maintenance pla-
toons. The company headquarters provides for the adminis-
trative overhead of the company, while the supply platoon is
responsibile for providing first and second echelon repair parts
for motor vehicles assigned to the company and the third
echelon repair parts to the maintenance platoons. Each
maintenance platoon is divided into a platoon headquarters
performing the normal duties of such headquarters, a wrecker
section, and a maintenance section. The wrecker section is
responsible for picking up and removing to the motor repair
shop all wrecked vehicles abandoned on the road and evacuat-
ing to fourth echelon repair shops all vehicles not readily
reparable in the third echelon shops. The maintenance sec-
tion is responsible for the actual repair of motor vehicles sent
to the shops for the repair within the limits prescribed for
third echelon maintenance. (See T/O 10-27.)
(4) The light maintenance company is capable of perform-
ing third echelon maintenance for units employing 1,500 vehi-
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cles of all classes. Normally, three light maintenance bat-
talions will be attached to each field army and one company
to each corps.
c. Quartermaster heavy maintenance regiment. — (1) Gen-
eral. — The quartermaster heavy maintenance regiment is de-
signed to provide fourth echelon motor maintenance and to
store and issue in bulk all motor transport supplies required
to serve vehicles of all classes. This regiment operates immo-
bile overhaul and reconstruction establishments and motor
transport depots. It is organized into a headquarters and
headquarters detachment and three battalions. The head-
quarters and headquarters detachment for the regiment per-
form the duties necessary for the supply and normal adminis-
tration of the regiment. (See T/O 10-41.)
(2) Heavy viaintenance battalion. — The heavy maintenance
battalion is the basic heavy operating unit. It not only per-
forms the fourth echelon repair work, but stocks, issues, and
ships all classes of motor transport supplies and repair parts,
unit assemblies, tires, batteries, etc., and performs motor
salvage and reclamation work. This battalion is, therefore, a
combined motor transport supply depot and fourth echelon
maintenance shop. It stocks supplies and is equipped to per-
form fourth echelon work and motor vehicle salvage to serve
vehicles of all classes. It is organized into a headquarters
and headquarters detachment, one depot company (motor
transport) , and three heavy maintenance companies. (See
(3) Headquarters. — The headquarters and headquarters de-
tachment of the battalion provides for the administrative
overhead of the battalion.
(4) Depot company (.motor transport) . — The first companies
in the battalions, that is, A, E, and I, are the depot companies.
These companies are responsible for the storage and issue in
bulk or wholesale of motor transport supplies to units through-
out the theater of operations and to the battalion shop. It
also furnishes transportation, maintenance, police, fire, and
guard details for the battalion shop and its grounds. This
company is organized into a company headquarters which
performs the normal company duties, a supply platoon, a
salvage platoon, a service platoon, and a transportation'
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(a) The supply platoon, as a whole, is responsible for the
storage and issue of all supplies required by the regiment,
and is capable of supplying the needs of 3,000 vehicles of all
classes. It is divided into a depot headquarters section,
which performs the clerical work in connection with procure-
ment, receipt, and issue of supplies; and a storage section,
which is responsible for the receipt, storage, and issue of all
supplies stored in the depot.
(b) The salvage platoon is divided into a salvage section,
power plant section, chassis and heavy units section, and a
body, tire, and battery section. This platoon is responsible
for the receipt, cleaning, inspection, assembling, tear-down of
evacuated vehicles and unit assemblies, and the disposition
of nonreclaimable motor transport equipment and supplies.
The salvage section is responsible for such salvage opera-
tions as are not specifically assigned to other sections of the
platoon. The power plant section is responsible for all opera-
tions in connection with salvage of automobile power plants.
The chassis and heavy unit section is responsible for the
salvage of all chassis and heavy units. The body, tire, and
battery section is responsible for the salvage of bodies, tires,
and batteries of vehicles entering the shop.
(c) The service platoon is divided into a depot maintenance
section, Are and guard section, and police and labor section.
The depot maintenance section is responsible for the mainte-
nance of the shops, machinery, and equipment. The fire and
guard section is responsible for furnishing the fire and police
protection for the battalion shops, buildings, and areas. The
police and labor section is reponsible for the maintenance and
police of the grounds and the operation of the labor pool.
(d) The transportation platoon is responsible for the
operation of the organic transportation and furnishes motor
transport service for the battalion. (See T/O 10-48.)
(5) Heavy maintenance company. — (a) The remaining
three companies of the heavy maintenance battalion are
heavy maintenance units. This company is organized along
departmental organization lines and provides mechanics in
the proper proportions for each major division of work and
in such numbers as to round out a well-balanced shop or-
v ganization. While the depot company of the battalion stocks
and issues supplies in bulk or wholesale, each heavy mainte-
nance company must maintain repair records for the com-
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pany and provide one-third of the personnel employed in the
battalion shop, stock, and tool room.
(W This company is organized into a company headquar-
ters, shop headquarters and. supply platoon, a power plant
platoon, allied trades platoon, a vehicle assembly platoon,
and a heavy units platoon. The company headquarters pro-
vides the administrative overhead for the company; but, in
addition to this, the officers of the company headquarters
perform various duties in the battalion shops. Shop head-
quarters and supply platoon provide the personnel required
for supervisory and clerical positions in the shop headquar-
ters and in the shop, stock, and tool room. The vehicle
assembly platoon is charged with the reassembling of complete
vehicles. These assemblies may be made from new, rebuilt,
or reconditioned parts and unit assemblies. The heavy units
platoon is responsible for the reassembling of new or recon-
ditioned parts of heavy unit assemblies, as, for example,
transmissions and differentials. The power plant platoon is
charged with the reassembling of all power units. The allied
trades platoon is responsible for a variety of labor activities,
as, for example, upholstering, painting, sheet metal work,
welding, etc. (See T/O 10-47.)
(c) The heavy maintenance company is a self-contained
unit for its own housekeeping and shop work; but, if operating
alone, it has no personnel attached to perform transportation,
police, fire, guard, and depot duties. It is probable that the
smallest fourth echelon shop in the theater of operations will
normally consist of at least one heavy maintenance battalion.
(6) Variation in operations. — In addition to the extent and
difference of repair operations performed by the light and
heavy maintenance units, there is one other important varia-
tion in their methods of operations. The limit of repair
operations prescribed for a light maintenance unit is such
that, under normal conditions, vehicles sent to third echelon
shops will be out of service for only a relatively short time.
An exception to this might be when a thorough inspection
reveals that the vehicle is in need of a major overhaul. Upon
completion of the repairs at the light maintenance battalion,
the vehicles are then returned to the unit to which assigned.
On the other hand, vehicles requiring fourth echelon mainte-
nance must be evacuated to the communications zone and
the period of repair may be quite lengthy. Vehicles repaired
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by the fourth echelon, therefore, pass into a vehicle pool
until they are called for by requisition to replace vehicles
anywhere in the theater of operations.
d. Gasoline and oil supply. — See paragraphs 66 and 67 and
■ 86. General. — See FM 10-5 and 100-10.
■ 87. Rail Transportation of Individuals. — See FM 10-5
and TM 10-370.
■ 88. Rail Transportation of Troops. — See FM 10-5 and
■ 89. Rail Transportation of Supplies. — a. General. — See
FM 10-5 and TM 10-370.
b. Daily trains. — Shipment of supplies to forward areas
will ordinarily be made on military railways by means of
daily trains or on special trains in the case of ammunition
and special supply requirements. Daily trains normally
carry class I supplies to fulfill daily requirements and their
movement is controlled by the regulating officer.
■ 90. Reference. — For details of troop movements by rail
and other matters concerning rail transportation, see para-
graph 203 and TM 10-375.
■ 91. Quartermaster Service in the Air Force. — See para-
graphs 189 and 190 for general fundamentals, mission, and
a. Within each air Dase area designated by the air force
commander, quartermaster personnel already assigned to
the air base augmented by the mobile field sections assigned
to other air base services, and truck, maintenance, and
labor units as determined by the air force commander oper-
ate the quartermaster facilities at the following air base
Air base airdrome (air force depot) .
Sub-air base airdromes.
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Quartermaster class I supplies supply point.
Supply points aviation gasoline and oil.
Supply points chemicals and ammunition.
Supply points engineer materials.
Distributing points for all classes of supplies.
(1) An air base airdrome is an Air Corps establishment
assigned to the air force and contains the flying field and
all installations and facilities for operations, maintenance,
and supply of troops and their equipment. It is normally
a one-group or two-group station and is under the com-
mand of an air base commander with his headquarters
thereat. When time and space are factors in the distribu-
tion of supplies from the zone of interior or communications
zone depots, an air force depot is established at the air base
airdrome under the command of the air base commander.
It is a general depot and contains a quartermaster section
which is operated by the air base quartermaster with per-
sonnel from the separate quartermaster company (air base) .
The air force commander will designate the level at which
stocks of Quartermaster Corps supplies will be maintained.
(2) In an air base area where transportation facilities
are limited or distances too great for proper distribution by
quartermaster truck units, one or more sub-air base air-
dromes are established by the air base commander for the
distribution of class I supplies and certain designated items
of other classes of quartermaster supplies when air trans-
ports from the air base are inoperative. Quartermaster per-
sonnel from the mobile field unit of the quartermaster (air
base) truck and labor units are placed thereat for the
handling and issue of these supplies to combat units at
designated distributing points. It is commanded by a rep-
resentative of the air base commander and functions as a
small air force depot.
(3) Where aviation gasoline and lubricants for airplanes
cannot be handled through the established regulating sta-
tions for the ground forces, one or more gasoline and oil
reconsignment points are established on the railroads in the
air theater of operations for the distribution of aviation gaso-
line and oil to supply points for the air force. At the re-
consignment point the reserve supply is established for
troops being supplied therefrom. The establishment of at
least one gasoline and oil reconsignment point is normal.
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A small detail of officers and men from the Air Corps and
quartermaster air base services to include a rail transporta-
tion officer from the air base concerned is placed thereat for
reconsignment of supplies and the handling of the reserve.
(4) Where quartermaster class I supplies cannot be ob-
tained direct from convenient quartermaster or commercial
distributing agencies, a quartermaster class I supplies recon-
signment point is established on a railroad where these sup-
plies are made up daily for distribution to air force troops
at designated distributing points either by rail or by quar-
termaster truck units assigned to the air force. A repre-
sentative from the air base commander and a representative
from the air base rail transportation office with necessary
personnel for the handling and distribution of supplies is
(5) Supply points for aviation gasoline and oil, ordnance
ammunition and bombs, chemical supplies to include de-
contamination equipment, and engineer materials are estab-
lished in the air base area as needed and operated by their
respective services under the air base commander concerned.
The number and type will depend on the particular require-
ments of the troops served, terrain, transportation facilities
available, and the location of communications zone depots.
Quartermaster personnel to include truck and labor units
of the air force assigned to the air base by the air force com-
mander are conveniently placed for the proper handling and
transportation of these supplies from the supply points to
distributing points for issue to combat troops.
(6) Distributing points are established by the air base
commander for requisition and issue of all classes of supplies
to air force troops. One distributing point is normally es-
tablished per auxiliary airdrome within the air base area.
One squadron is normally assigned to an airdrome. The dis-
tributing point is operated by a representative of the air
base commander with a detail of service troops from the
air base. Quartermaster personnel consisting of two or
three enlisted men from the mobile field section of the air
base service unit are assigned to this detail. Supplies are
drawn from the distributing point by the squadron concerned.
b. The distribution of all classes of quartermaster supplies
is made from the air force depot whenever possible and
preferably by air. In situations where quartermaster dis-
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tributing agencies, other than those under air force command,
and commercial distributing agencies are conveniently located
for supply, the air force commander arranges with the re-
sponsible parties concerned for distribution and issue through
these agencies. The detailed arrangements are consum-
mated by the air base quartermaster.
c. Quartermaster class I supplies are issued on a daily auto-
matic basis. Two days' supplies are stocked at each distrib-
uting point for troops served thereat. The rations consist
of one field and one reserve.
d. Other classes of quartermaster supplies are procured
• by the air base commander by requisition, either formal or
informal, from the zone of the interior or the theater of op-
erations depots. The air base quartermaster arranges for
distribution of these supplies to troops from stocks in the air
force depot, withdrawals against credits, or by requisition
on depots not under air force command. In the case of class
IV supplies, the requisition must receive the final approval
of the air force commander. No stocks of these supplies
are placed at distributing points.
e. Advantages and disadvantages. — See FM 10-5.
/. Employment. — See FM 10-5.
$r. Airplanes may be employed for the transport and drop-
ping of ammunition, gasoline and oil, medical supplies, medi-
cal personnel, and evacuation of wounded. Such employ-
ment will be limited to exceptional cases such as detachments
of troops that have been cut off, tank and mechanized units
which have broken through, or reconnaissance detachments.
(See FM 10-5 and 100-10.)
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Section I. Responsibility and functions
RESPONSIBILITY AND FUNCTIONS
■ 92. Services. — a. In the combat zone the function of the
Quartermaster Corps is to furnish the quartermaster services
essential to the well-being of the unit concerned. These
services consist of the following:
(1) Procurement, storage, and distribution of quarter-
master supplies, including animals, and means of transpor-
(2) Procurement and operation of quartermaster utilities,
including storage, maintenance, and repair facilities.
(3) Establishment and operation of the graves registration
(4) Establishment and operation of salvage activities in
the combat zone.
(5) Transportation of troops and supplies by land and
water except such as may be allocated to another service.
(6) Regulations for operation, maintenance, and inspec-
tion of motor and animal transportation.
(7) Establishment and operation of a labor and motor
(8) Procurement of quartermaster units and personnel for
the combat zone and their distribution among subordinate
b. It is a fundamental of quartermaster organization that
within each command all quartermaster personnel, units,
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establishments, or other activities not assigned or attached to
a subordinate unit constitute a single, self-contained, work-
able quartermaster service, functioning as such under the
command of the senior officer of the Quartermaster Corps
on duty therewith.
c. The strength and composition of the quartermaster
service within the combat zone and- each subordinate com-
mand depends on the organization of the combat zone and
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the functions and movements of each subordinate command.
Deficiencies in any subordinate unit are met by the assign-
ment of quartermaster personnel or units from higher head-
■ 93. Responsibility. — Supplies of all classes are shipped
by the regulating officer from the communications zone to
supply points within the combat zone. These supply points
may be depots, railheads, air bases, or dumps. Upon re-
ceipt of the supplies at any of these supply points, their
storage and distribution becomes the responsibility of the
quartermaster charged with the operation of such
■ 94. Division of the Combat Zone. — See paragraph 5 and
figure 10, (See also PM 100-10, 100-5, and 10-5.)
■ 95. Classes of Supplies. — For simplicity and convenience
of administration, supplies required by troops in the field
are divided into five classes as shown in FM 10-5.
■ 96. Depot. — See paragraph 17.
■ 97. Railhead (Truckhead, Navigation Head). — See para-
■ 98. Dump. — Temporary stock of supplies established by a
corps, division, or smaller unit. When supplies are ordered
issued from dumps, the latter become distributing points.
Dumps are designated by the identity of the unit establishing
them and by the class of supplies therein, such as 1st In-
fantry Ammunition Dump or 1st Division Class I Supply
Dump. (See FM 100-10.)
■ 99. Supply Point. — See paragraph 18.
■ 100. Distributing Point. — See paragraph 19.
■ 101. Control Point. — An agency established by a unit at a
convenient point on the route of its trains where information
and instructions are given and received in order to facilitate
and regulate supply or traffic, for example, "Class I Control
Point." (See FM 100-10.)
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■ 102. Clearing Station. — Corps or division medical installa-
tion where sick and wounded are assembled from collecting
and aid stations, sorted, treated if necessary, and turned over
to the army for further evacuation. (Formerly called hospi-
tal station.) (See FM 100-10.)
■ 103. Train. — a. The train of a unit is that portion of the
unit's transportation, including personnel, operating under
the immediate orders of the unit commander primarily for
supply, evacuation, and maintenance. It is designated by
the name of the unit, such as 1st Infantry Train. (See FM
b. A train may be subdivided according to the service in
which it is engaged, for example, "Ammunition Train, 1st
Infantry," "Kitchen Train, 1st Battalion, 2d Infantry," or
"Medical Train, 1st Battalion, 1st Field Artillery."
c. For divisions and larger units, the term train is seldom
used, as it will be found more convenient to refer to the
particular service unit concerned, for example, "1st Quarter-
master Regiment" instead of "1st Quartermaster Train."
■ 104. Troop Movements. — a. Troop movements are said to
be "by marching" when the foot troops move as such and
other units move by the organic transport.
b. Troop movements are said to be by rail, water, or motor
when the foot troops and all other elements move simulta-
neously by rail, water, or truck, respectively.
c. Troop movements are said to be "by shuttling" when all
or a portion of the trucks make successive trips in moving
both cargoes and troops.
■ 105. Motor Transport Service. — This embraces all gen-
eral cargo and personnel transportation, except such elements
as are assigned organically to troop units, together with the
necessary operating personnel and maintenance facilities.
(See T/O 10-500-1 and ch. 1, FM 25-10.)
.■ 106. Military Railway Service. — It is responsible not only
for the rail transportation of personnel and supplies, but also
for maintenance of ways and structures.
■ 107. Credit. — See paragraph 8.
■ 108. Call. — See paragraph 9.
■ 109. Reserves. — See paragraph 11.
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■ 110. Balanced Stocks. — See paragraph 12.
■ 111. Day of Supply. — See paragraph 13a.
■ 112. Unit of Fire. — See paragraph 13b.
■ 113. Daily Telegram. — See paragraph 16.
■ 114. Automatic Supply. — See paragraph 15.
■ 115. Gasoline and Oil Allowances. — Gasoline and oil al-
lowances are prescribed from time to time by the commander
of the field force. Owing to many indeterminable factors,
a daily allowance of gasoline and oil ordinarily cannot be
■ 116. Rations. — o. A ration is the allowance of food for the
subsistence of one person for one day. For field rations A,
B, C, and D see FM 100-10 and AR 30-2210.
b. The grain ration is the amount of grain for one animal
for one day. It varies from 9 to 14 pounds, depending on the
weight of the animal.
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DIVISION QUARTERMASTER UNITS
Section I. Quartermaster regiment 117-119
U. Division quartermaster's office (square division) _ 120-121
ift. Operations 122-132
IV. Quartermaster battalion, Inlantry division
■ 117. General. — Certain services have been assigned to the
infantry division (square) to relieve the fighting troops of
the responsibility of administrative details. The quarter-
master regiment is one of the units providing such service
and is organized so as to accomplish the quartermaster service
necessary to an infantry division. This regiment furnishes
for this purpose the necessary personnel and units trained
in the technique of quartermaster administration, supply,
transportation, and other assigned activities.
■ 118. Duties. — a. The duties required of the quartermaster
regiment may be grouped under four general headings —
administration, supply, transportation, and utility services.
b. Under administration the regiment is charged with —
(1) Procuring and disposing of all real estate necessary
for division operations, and the handling of all claims arising
from the occupancy of real estate.
(2) The operation of the division labor pool.
(3) Maintaining the graves registration service and the
handling of all mortuary matters.
c. Under supply, the regiment is charged with the dis-
tribution of all classes of supply and the maintenance and
operation of the salvage service.
d. Transportation duties consist of transporting troops and
supplies by all means of travel. Truck transportation for
troops and supplies is of particular importance.
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e. Under utility services the duties consist of maintaining
and operating the activities of the following units when
attached to the division:
(1) Sales commissary units.
(2) Sterilization and bath units.
(3) Laundry units.
(4) Bakery units.
(5) Salvage units.
(6) Other units which may be attached.
■ 119. Organization of Quartermaster Regiment^— a. In
order to perform all these services the quartermaster regiment
has been organized into a regimental headquarters and head-
quarters company, a service company (less one platoon) ,
two truck battalions, and one light maintenance and car
battalion. This regiment (including attached medical and
chaplain) consists of 40 officers, 1 warrant officer, and 885
b. The regimental headquarters consists of a colonel, com-
manding, and six other officers, who form the nucleus for
both the regimental and division quartermaster staffs. The
commander of the regiment acts in the dual capacity of com-
mander of his regiment and member of the division com-
mander's special staff. As a commander he performs the
normal duties of a commanding officer and is responsible for
the efficient operation of the quartermaster regiment and
such troops that might be attached to his regiment, in ac-
cordance with policies, plans, and decisions of the division
commander. As a special staff officer he supervises all quar-
termaster activities throughout the division and is responsible
for the efficient operation of quartermaster units assigned
or attached. The prescribed duties and responsibilities as a
special staff officer and commander include —
(1) Commander of the organic quartermaster units and
any attached quartermaster troops.
(2) Adviser to the commander and his general and special
staff on quartermaster corps matters, including recommenda-
tions for quartermaster activities.
(3) Supply of quartermaster equipment and supplies, in-
cluding animals and motor transport supplies.
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(4) Procurement and operation of quartermaster utilities
and storage, maintenance, and repair facilities.
(5) Installation and operation of salvage service.
(6) Operation of graves registration service.
(7) Transportation of troops and supplies except such as
may be allocated to another service.
(8) Maintenance and operation of labor and motor pools.
(9) Technical inspection of motor and animal transporta-
tion and supervision within limits prescribed by the division
commander of all quartermaster activities within subordinate
units. (See PM 101-5 and 100-5.)
c. Cooperation within the special staff is necessary to proper
staff team play. The division quartermaster must, through
the very nature of his mission, work in close harmony not only
with the other members of the special staff, but all sections
of the general staff and commanders of all subordinate units.
A quartermaster's relations with the commanders of sub-
ordinate units are those of a special staff officer of a higher
unit commander. He, in no sense whatever, exercises his
command functions in such dealings.
d. The designation of the six officers in regimental head-
quarters is as follows:
(1) Lieutenant colonel — executive and assistant division
(2) Captain — quartermaster supply officer.
(3) Captain — intelligence and plans and training officer.
(4) Captain — transportation officer.
(5) Captain — adjutant.
(6) Captain — regimental supply officer.
e. Regimental headquarters is normally organized into three
principal sections. The first section (S-l) , under the regi-
mental adjutant, a captain, handles all administrative and
personnel details. The second section combines the duties
of an intelligence (S-2) and plans and training (S-3) , under
a captain (S-2 and S-3). The third section, also under a
captain, takes care of all regimental supply details (S-4) .
/. The headquarters company is divided into a company
headquarters and a gasoline supply platoon. (See T/O 10-
(1) The company headquarters performs the normal duties
of housekeeping for the regimental headquarters and the
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company. These duties include the clerical work, supply, and
messing necessary for the proper operation of the company.'
(2) A division quartermaster section furnishes all the'en-
listed personnel necessary to operate the office of the division
(3) A regimental headquarters section provides the per-
sonnel incident to the operation of the regimental command
(4) The gasoline supply platoon furnishes the transporta-
tion and personnel required to distribute gasoline and oil to
the kitchens and to the motor vehicles of the division. Any
prescribed reserve of gasoline and oil normally is transported
in this platoon. This platoon does not supply the quarter-
master regiment with its gasoline and oil, for trucks are
available in each of the three battalions for this purpose.
The platoon normally is bivouacked near the class I supply
railhead or near the bivouac of the truck battalions.
g. The service company, designated company "S", consists
of a company headquarters to administer to the company,
and two platoons. However, the quartermaster regiment has
only the company headquarters and one platoon of the service
company. Each platoon is subdivided into two sections of
four squads each. The function of the company is to load
and unload supplies at various divisional supply points and
to provide such other labor that might be assigned it by
competent authority. The company forms the nucleus for
any labor pool that might be organized within the division.
It usually moves with the truck battalions and bivouacs in
the vicinity of the class I supply railhead. It is estimated
that labor troops of this company can move an average of
approximately two-fifths (0.42) of a ton per man per hour for
a period of 12 hours. (See T/O 10-67.)
ft. (1) The two truck battalions are numbered the 1st and
2d battalions. Each consists of two companies and a battalion
headquarters. A and B companies compose the 1st battalion,,
and C and D companies compose the 2d battalion. In each
battalion, the battalion headquarters directs the operations
and performs the usual administrative duties of a battalion
(2) The truck battalions transport supplies and troops as
needed, such division reserves that may be prescribed by
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higher headquarters, and forms the nucleus of a motor pool
when prescribed. (See T/O 10-285.)
(3) Each company consists of a company headquarters and
two platoons, each platoon is further divided into a platoon
headquarters and two sections. The company headquarters
furnishing the personnel and equipment for company house-
keeping is divided into two groups, one the operations group,
and the other the administration group. The operations
group, under the supervision of the company commander,
composed of the first sergeant (truckmaster) and such other
enlisted personnel as is necessary, directs and controls the
operations of the company. The administrative group, under
the company commander, includes the supply and mess ser-
geant, company clerk, cooks, and mechanics and drivers of
headquarters vehicles; it performs the administrative and
supply duties for the company. The two platoons furnish the
transportation. Each platoon is commanded by a lieutenant,
assisted by a staff sergeant, as assistant truckmaster. Each
vehicle carries one extra 10-gallon can of gasoline in addition
to the gasoline in the vehicle tank as a reserve. Each com-
pany can provide forty-eight 2% -ton trucks for division
transport purposes. The remaining trucks are available for
company administration and replacements. In addition, 40
cargo trailers, %- to 1-ton, 2-wheeled, are provided. (See
T/O 10-57.) These battalions normally bivouac in the vicin-
ity of the class I supply railhead or ammunition railhead.
i. (1) The third battalion is known as the light mainte-
nance and car battalion. It consists of a battalion headquar-
ters, one light maintenance company, and one car company.
(See T/O 10-275.)
(2) The battalion headquarters performs the normal duties
of a battalion headquarters.
(3) (a) Company E is also known as the light maintenance
company. It consists of a company headquarters for proper
direction and control of the company and three platoons —
one supply and two maintenance. (See T/O 10-137.) Each
platoon is capable of operating a third echelon repair shop.
The company bivouacs in the vicinity of the shop or shops.
(b) It provides personnel trained in replacement of unit
assemblies, minor repairs to automotive equipment, and tech-
nique of motor transport supply and is prepared to set up
and operate two repair shops. It also receives, stores, and
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distributes motor transport supplies and equipment normally
furnished by the Quartermaster Corps. It furnishes techni-
cal advice on motor repair and maintenance to the division
and subordinate units and performs inspection service
throughout the division.
(c) Each repair shop requires about 10,000 square feet of
operating floor space and about 30,000 square feet of parking A
(4) (a) Company P is the car company. It consists of a
company headquarters, a car platoon, and a motorcycle pla-
toon. (See T/O 10-277.)
(b) The company headquarters performs the normal duties
of a headquarters. The car platoon furnishes the necessary
passenger cars for the division commander and his staff offi-
cers. This company usually bivouacs in the vicinity of the
rear echelon of division headquarters.
(c) The motorcycle platoon provides the message center
with motorcycles and drivers. These act as messengers for
division headquarters, and, because of the nature of the duties
performed, the messengers should be kept on this work
j. Completing the organization , of the regiment are the
attached medical and chaplain personnel whose normal duties
consist of looking after the health and welfare of the regi-
mental personnel. (See T/O 10-271.)
k. All quartermaster units, when attached to the division,
operate under the division quartermaster and are normally
attached to the quartermaster regiment of the division. (See
DIVISION QUARTERMASTER'S OFFICE
■ 120. Organization of Office of Division Quartermaster. —
There is no prescribed organization of a division quartermas-
ter's office and any organization that adequately serves the
needs of the regiment and division will be satisfactory. It
should be borne in mind that the personal' characteristics of
the quartermaster, state of training of the unit, and type and
organization of both the general and special staffs will greatly
influence the quartermaster in organizing his office. The
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workable organization outlined herein is adequate to provide
the administration for a unit of any size and, with modifica-
tion deemed necessary by each individual, should provide a
suitable organization. This organization facilitates the direc-
tion and administration of all quartermaster activities within
■ 121. Duties and Functions. — Generally all the duties and
functions of the quartermaster can be grouped under three
main headings: administration, supply, and transportation.
See figure 11 for a suggested type organization. (See FM
a. The warrant officer assigned to the regiment may act as
the chief of the administrative division, or the division may
operate directly under the regimental intelligence, plans, and
training officer, who would thus combine this duty with his
responsibilities as a regimental staff officer. A subdivision of
this division is the graves registration section, which is super-
vised by an officer detailed from the service company for this
specific purpose. The administrative division performs the
essential functions as enumerated in FM 10-5.
b. The supply division operates under the division quarter-
master supply officer. This division may be divided into
three sections, the first section, operating under the first
lieutenant commanding the gasoline and oil supply platoon
of headquarters company, handles class I and class HI sup-
plies. The second section, operating under the lieutenant
from company headquarters of headquarters company,
handles class n and class IV supplies. The third section,
operating under a sergeant from headquarters company,
handles all duties pertaining to salvage. The principal
duties of the supply division are as indicated in FM 10-5.
c. A captain from the regimental headquarters is assigned
to the transportation division as transportation officer, whose
primary duties are those of a transportation officer in any
quartermaster office. He deals principally with rail, water,
and motor shipments; he may be assisted by a division
motor officer and a division maintenance officer. This divi-
sion may operate under the senior battalion commander
of the truck battalions, who may be designated the division
motor officer. One of his assistants may be the commander
of the third battalion, who acts as the division maintenance
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officer. In that case, the captain would be a second assistant,
in charge of normal quartermaster transportation duties.
The general duties of this division are listed in FM 10-5.
d. The relationship existing between the heads of the three
divisions and the division quartermaster is that of a staff
officer to his commanding officer. In most cases all of the
recommendations made by the division quartermaster to
the division commander have been previously received by
the quartermaster from the heads of the three divisions.
These officers make the detailed study and reconnaissances
necessary, and submit their recommendations to the quar-
termaster. He in turn makes such reconnaissance as may
be necessary, studies the recommendations of his assistants,
questioning them where necessary, and then, after making
such changes as he deems advisable, submits his recommenda-
tions to the commander.
e. Location of division quartermaster's office. — Because
of the nature of the quartermaster's work, his office should
be located near the rear echelon of division headquarters.
The rear echelon contains those special staff officers whose
primary mission is supply, evacuation, administration, and
welfare and usually an assistant from the fourth section of
the general staff. Wherever possible, the division quarter-
master's office should be housed in the same building with the
rear echelon of division headquarters.
/. Location of command post. — Because of the dual position
of the quartermaster, the regimental command post should
be located near the division quartermaster's office. If the
situation permits, the command post should be in the same
building with the division quartermaster's office, preferably
adjoining it. (See FM 100-10.)
■ 122. Fundamentals op Supply. — a. Basis of supply. — When
the trains of a division are motorized, supply operations for
all classes of supply are conducted by either regimental or
divisional transportation from army supply points to the using
troops. Supplies are not normally transferred to other trucks
or placed in dumps from the time they are received at army
supply points until they are delivered to the using troops.
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b. Fundamentals. — Troops should not be burdened with a
greater quantity of supplies than is necessary for their well-
being, nor should their attention be unnecessarily diverted
by supply details. The supply system should permit con-
tinuity, flexibility, elasticity, and provide maximum mobility
with the greatest degree of simplicity.
c. Responsibility. — The division commander is responsible
for the supply of his unit and he must insure that the require-
ments placed on subordinate units for the utilization of their
transportation in effecting supply are not excessive. He
determines the degree of responsibility that will be placed
upon subordinate commanders for effecting resupply with
their organic transportation. This decision can be deter-
mined only by a study of the supply and evacuation situation
and must be based upon a consideration of many factors. In
order to determine the responsibility to be placed upon sub-
ordinate commanders, the commander must evaluate the tac-
tical situation, the reserves to be carried, the probable
expenditure rate, the distances involved, the routes available,
and the restrictions imposed by higher authority, and the
d. Prescribed load. — The quantity and type of rations to be
carried by individuals and on unit trains as a prescribed load
is announced from time to time by the division commander.
The factors that influence this decision are the probability
of combat, distance to army supply points, defiles, amount of
transportation available, character and condition of road
net, danger of hostile air and mechanized attack, and the
probable relative urgency of class I supply versus other
supplies. (See FM 10-5 and FM 100-10.)
■ 123. Class I Supply. — See FM 10-5.
a. Daily telegram. — See FM 10-5 and figure 12.
b. Daily train. — The supplies are normally shipped to the
regulating officer in bulk from one or more depots. For ex-
ample, one depot might ship meat for the entire army, an-
other might ship bread, another the remainder of the ration,
and still another might ship the illuminants, etc., or one depot
might ship everything bulk loaded. The regulating officer has
these supplies broken down into divisional and similar unit
lots, each lot being consolidated on a section of a train known
as the unit section. One, two, or three of these unit sections
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make up the daily train. As the daily train passes each rail-
head, the unit section for the division supplied at that railhead
is left for unloading. It is normal to supply only one division
from each railhead, but if the situation warrants it two
divisions or similar units may be supplied. If two divisions
are supplied at the same railhead, corps or army must pre-
scribe the hours each will draw supplies. Additional cars
carrying other supplies, such as gasoline, oil, engineer sup-
plies, ammunition, etc., may be added to the unit section of
the daily train. If all classes of supplies are received at the
same railhead, the division G-4 must coordinate the drawing
of the various classes. (See PM 10-5.)
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a = Strenth reports
b = Dolly* telegram (requisition)
c= Copies for information
. Figure 12. — Class I supply requisition and daily telegram.
c. Railhead. — See FM 100-10 and 10-5 and figure 9.
d. Railhead reserves. — See paragraph 56.
e. Rations. — (1) Paragraph 116 defines the various types
of rations for field use.
(2) The "A" ration will, except under exceptional circum-
stances, be issued daily from army class I railheads to all
divisions and other units not actively engaged with the
(3) In battle, the "B" or "C" ration will normally be is-
sued. The "D" ration will, when the situation warrants the
issue of an individual reserve ration, be issued to units or
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individuals. However, whenever possible, the "B" or "C"
ration should be issued daily to all of the troops.
(4) The quantity and type of rations to be carried by
individuals and on unit trains as a prescribed load are an-
nounced from time to time by the division or higher
/. Issue at class I supply railhead. — (1) Prior to the ar-
rival of the daily train each day, the division quartermaster
supply officer submits to the railhead officer a strength re-
port of the units as of that day and the method of distri-
bution to be used. Prom that report and the information
as to the number of rations due in on the daily train, the
railhead officer knows whether he must draw from his re-
serve or whether he has an excess of rations. Prom this
information he can also plan the sorting and loading for
that particular issue.
(2) Upon the arrival of the daily train, the railhead
officer directs the unloading of the train, the sorting of
supplies, and their loading on the divisional vehicles. He
and his platoon are assisted in this work by additional labor
furnished by the service company of the quartermaster regi-
ment. As soon as all the supplies are loaded on the divi-
sional transportation, the quartermaster supply officer gives
a receipt to the railhead officer for all the supplies drawn.
(3) (a) When the field forces are operating in the pres-
ence of the enemy, distribution of class I supplies will most
likely be conducted during hours of darkness. This provides
some measure of defense for supply operations and helps
prevent the enemy from gaining information relative to the
locations of trains and supply establishments. The time
required to effect distribution, therefore, becomes an im-
(b) The distance from railhead to distributing points, the
condition of roads and the volume of traffic moving over
them, the time required to unload supplies at distributing
points, and the time required to sort and load supplies at
the railhead are all variable factors. Only the time required
to sort and load supplies at the railhead are discussed in
(c) The tome required at the railhead to sort and load ra-
tions, grain, and hay for unit distribution varies widely with
conditions existing at a railhead. If ample platform space.
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labor, and mechanical aids such as warehouse trucks, etc.,
are available for handling the supplies from railroad car to
platform, thence to motor truck, it is possible to complete
truckloading in approximately the same time it requires to
unload a car of miscellaneous supplies into a warehouse,
possibly as short a time as 2Vz to 3 hours. On the other hand,
if supplies must be handled directly from car to truck, loading
time must necessarily be longer, owing to the smaller number
of trucks which can be loaded simultaneously and the diffi-
culty of sorting supplies in the cramped space of a loaded
box car. This difficulty Is of little importance if the car con-
tains only a few different commodities; but sorting in the
car is impracticable when the car contains from 15 to 18 or
more varied commodities. The latter will usually be the
case in a car containing the smaller components of the ra-
tion, hence the desirability, as a timesaving expedient, of
loading the smaller components of the ration from the rail-
head reserve. For a rough estimate, 2 hours should be allowed
for unloading the train and sorting the supplies. For unit dis-
tribution employing quartermaster trucks, add to this 2 more
hours. When railhead distribution is to be made, allow 4
hours for loading the trucks in addition to the 2 hours for
unloading the train and sorting at the railhead. If the sup-
plies are to be bulk loaded on quartermaster trucks, allow 2
hours. In actual operations, this time can probably be re-
duced, for as the personnel becomes more familiar with the
work it will naturally become more efficient in the handling
of supplies. Every effort should be made, however, to com-
plete not only the loading of the trucks, but also the entire
distribution under cover of darkness.
(d) Ample roadway for circulation of vehicles through the
railhead and for maneuvering vehicles at loading points, and
road space at or in the immediate vicinity of the railroad,
where empty vehicles can be held awaiting their turn to load
and where loaded vehicles can be assembled into suitable
groups for movement to distributing points, simplify the
traffic problem at the railhead and affect loading time.
(e) Whatever the conditions at the railhead, loading op-
erations can proceed in an orderly and expeditious manner
only if they follow a carefully devised plan. Such a plan
should contain specific details regarding —
1. Organization of the transport into truck groups (one
group for each regiment or similar unit) .
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2. The load, by commodity and amount, for each truck
of a group.
3. Allotment of labor at each loading point at the rail-
.head and to accompany each truck group to divi-
sion distributing points or dumps.
(/) 1. The loading schedule may be based on either of the
following methods of operation:
(a) Require that all trucks of a group complete
loading before any truck of the follow-
ing group begins loading.
(b) Require trucks of a group to begin loading
at any loading point just as soon as load-
ing operations at that point have been
completed by the preceding group.
2. The first method is the simpler of the two, so offers
less chance for error or confusion. Its principal
disadvantage is the possible loss of time. A
truck loading with certain commodities, such as
vegetables, will complete loading in much less
time than one loading with the smaller com-
ponents, so operations at some loading points
may be suspended for varying periods of time.
The second method is timesaving in that it pro-
vides for uninterrupted operations at each load-
ing point. However, because trucks of different
groups are intermingled during loading opera-
tions, this method requires much closer supervi-
sion and offers more chance for error and
3. In some situations it may be advantageous to plan
distribution of hay, or hay and grain, as a sep-
arate operation, in which case the truck groups
so employed operate independently of the groups
employed in distribution of rations and wood.
4. In general, the simplest method which meets the
needs of a particular situation is the one most
likely to work successfully.
(4) If an "A" ration is delivered, special care must be
exercised in handling the perishables. Paulins should be
spread to receive the ice and fresh meats, and other paulins
used to cover them until they are loaded in the trucks.
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Fresh bread should be shipped in sacks, but if not so shipped,
care should be exercised in its handling; if sacks can be se-
cured by quartermaster supply officer, the bread should be
issued in them.
(5) In distributing supplies, the railhead officer should
issue whole packages to the division. One method of handling
small components is to receive and issue them for a period
of 5, 10, or 15 days. The situation, however, may not permit
this, and it may become necessary to resort to a day-to-day
issue. In order to make an issue of a week or 10 days' supply
of small components, such as pepper, spices, etc., it will be
necessary for the quartermaster supply officer and the rail-
head officer to make special arrangements with the regulating
(6) In some instances wood and hay may not be shipped
to the railhead. The division quartermaster is then charged
with the procurement of these supplies from local sources
whenever needed. (See FM 10-5.)
g. Distribution by division quartermaster. — (1) The method
of distribution of class I supplies will be determined by the
division commander. The division quartermaster, in making
his estimate of the situation, carefully considers the methods
to be employed. He recommends to G-4 the methods he
believes best suited to the situation and G-4 approves or
disapproves these recommendations. In some instances, the
division commander may not delegate the authority to G-4,
in which case his recommendations must be submitted to
the commander. The method of distribution normally is
determined during the G-l-G-4 special staff conferenee.
However, the quartermaster may recommend changes in the
method of distribution whenever the supply situation or
availability of trucks alter the situation.
(2) There are several methods and. combinations of meth-
ods of distributing class I supplies. Unit distribution and
railhead distribution are the principal methods. A rarely
used method is through division distributing points or dumps.
Combinations of these methods are possible. Figure 13 dia-
grammatically shows three methods of distribution.
(3) Unit distribution. — (a) Unit distribution is made by
the quartermaster, utilizing trucks from the quartermaster
regiment. Delivery of the supplies is made to the kitchens,
bivouacked by battalions or regiments. It is net necessary
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for the kitchen trucks to be actually in the bivouac at the
time delivery is made. A representative of the unit should
be there in order to receive the supplies, and they may be
dumped on the ground preparatory to issue to the kitchens.
Unit distribution is used whenever ample quartermaster
transport is available and time and space permit, or where
regimental transportation is not available. Inasmuch as the
function of the quartermaster regiment is the supply of
troops in the field, this method might be considered normal in
a square division and the division quartermaster should al-
ways endeavor to utilize it whenever possible. (See fig. 14.)
Figtxre 13. — Three methods of class I supply distribution.
(6) The estimate of truck requirements for unit distribu-
tion is based upon the weight and the items of the ration to
be delivered. In order to facilitate loading at the railhead
it will frequently be desirable to have a greater number of
trucks for each unit group than that actually required in
terms of truck tons. If this is done, trucks loading less than
a ton of meat would make only one stop at the railhead even
though they had less than a full load. Every effort should
be made to limit the number of stops at the railhead for each
truck to not more than two, for example, one truck might
take a partial load of meat and complete the load with small
components. The quartermaster trucks assemble at the rail-
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head in groups, each group to have the required number of
trucks necessary to transport the supplies for one kitchen
group. As these kitchen groups vary in size, so will the
number of trucks vary within each group. For example, a
regiment of truck-drawn 75-mm field artillery may require
about three trucks, an infantry regiment four trucks, and
the medical regiment only two. These groups are loaded
at the railhead and are then consolidated into a convoy. The
convoy follows a prescribed route and the truck groups are
dropped off at the various unit distributing points. If pro-
tection is not essential, truck groups might proceed separately
to the bivouacs of the kitchens they supply.
(c) Whenever unit distribution is employed, class I sup-
ply control stations should be employed. These stations are
located at prominent terrain features along the route fol-
lowed by the quartermaster trucks. Each station has a
representative of the units being served. As the convoy
reaches this point, it is broken up and the representatives
of the various units guide each truck group to the proper
kitchen bivouac. The use of these control stations greatly
facilitates the delivery of supplies and prevents truck groups
from getting lost. Because it expedites delivery this system
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should be used even during daylight distribution, unless the
quartermaster personnel is thoroughly familiar with the
location of all units.
(d) Information as to the method of distribution and loca-
tion of the class I supply control station should be given to
the troops either in fragmentary orders or in the administra-
tive order whenever issued. (See FM J 0-5.)
(4) Railhead distribution. — (a) In railhead distribution,
regimental or kitchen trucks of the various units, operating
under the supervision of a quartermaster supply officer, draw
class I supplies at the railhead. In many situations it will
be found that this method of distribution is th,e only one
that can be utilized.
(b) The kitchen or regimental trucks are grouped under
the supervision of the unit supply officer, and report to the
railhead at a time specified by division headquarters. Upon
arrival at the railhead, the railhead officer, assisted by the
quartermaster supply officer, issues the supplies for each or-
ganization. The unit supply officer receipts to the quarter-
master supply officer for the supplies received and the quar-
termaster supply officer, in turn, receipts to the railhead
officer for all the supplies issued to the division. The only
time that the unit trucks are under the direct supervision of
the quartermaster supply officer is during the period that they
are at the railhead. Upon completion of the issue to any
one unit, that unit is released and proceeds to its bivouac,
where the supplies are broken into kitchen lots. The num-
ber of trucks required by each unit will be similar to that
given in subparagraph (3) (b) above.
(c) In order to coordinate the issue of the supplies at
the railhead, the method of distribution and time that each
unit will draw supplies must be incorporated in either frag-
mentary orders or the administrative order of the division.
(d) Railhead distribution may be partial or complete, that
is, some units may draw supplies at the railhead, utilizing
their own transportation, and some units may have unit
distribution. The selection of the units for railhead distri-
bution and unit distribution will depend on the situation.
In some instances, those units that are most distant from
the railhead might have unit distribution, while those that
are bivouacked near the railhead might have railhead distri-
bution. Railhead distribution is complete when all units of
the division draw their supplies at the railhead.
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(e) Railhead distribution normally is used when quarter-
master transportation is not available and when there is
sufficient transportation available within the regiment and
similar units. It should be used, however, only when this
method of distribution can be completed under cover of
darkness aad when no other division or similar unit is being
served at that railhead. It might also be used in rest areas
where time and secrecy are not major considerations.
(/) In view of the fact that the transportation facilities
within the regiments of the division are limited, it may
frequently be necessary for the units to use their kitchen
trucks in order to accomplish railhead distribution. This
can be done by having the kitchen trucks carry the kitchens
or prepared meals to the front line, and there, unload the
kitchens or prepared meals, so that the men may be fed dur-
ing the night. Prom there the trucks can proceed to the
railhead to draw supplies, these supplies to be delivered at
the unit bivouacs by these trucks. Then the same trucks
can proceed to the front lines, pick up the kitchens or such
equipment left there, and return to their unit bivouacs.
(See FM 10-5.)
(5) Division distributing points. — (o) The division quar-
termaster may deliver class I supplies to division distribut-
ing points or dumps.
(6) In making distribution to division distributing points
the quartermaster supply officer has the supplies at the rail-
head bulk-loaded for all those units being served at each di-
vision distributing point. The regimental units send their
trucks to the division distributing point. The quartermaster
breaks down the supplies into regimental or similar unit
lots and turns them over to the units. The quartermaster
vehicles then return to their bivouac or proceed on any other
mission ordered. The unit vehicles return to their bivouacs
and complete the distribution in the same manner as in other
methods of distribution.
(c) The location of these division distributing points and
the time that the various units will draw their supplies must
be incorporated either in fragmentary orders or in the ad-
ministrative order of the division. Usually two or three
distributing points for the division, supplying units of ap-
proximately the size of the brigade, are necessary.
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(d) This method is not normal and will rarely be used.
However, there are certain situations where it will be found
advantageous, for example, in retrograde movements, where
it is advisable to dump class I supplies at distributing points,
so that the unit kitchens may pick them up while moving
toward the rear. It can also be used when the distance or
time involved is too great for either the quartermaster regi-
ment to make unit distribution or the regimental units
to draw supplies at the railhead during the specified time.
As the time to sort and load the supplies at the railhead is
considerably less than for other methods of -distribution,
this method might be used when, owing to the danger of hos-
tile air attack, rapid dispersion of supplies becomes impera-
tive. Where class I supply dumps have been established by the
division, the units may draw their supplies from these dumps
in a manner similar to that in railhea'd distribution, in
which case unit trucks proceed to the dump, draw supplies
for their regiment, and then return to their bivouac. (See
(6) Labor for handling supplies at the division distribut-
ing points, railhead, or at the division dumps is furnished
by the service company of the quartermaster regiment.
Labor at unit distributing points is furnished by the units
receiving the supplies.
(7) Special methods. — Owing to circumstances beyond
the control of the quartermaster, it may be necessary for him
to devise special combinations and methods of distribution;
for example, it might, under certain conditions, be necessary
for him to make unit distribution to some units, railhead dis-
tribution to others, and establish a division distributing point
for others. These special methods of distribution, however,
should be kept at a minimum. (See FM 10-5.)
h. Division reserve. — Each kitchen can usually carry one
ration and the unconsumed portion of another. This means
that a kitchen may have as a maximum one and two-thirds
rations. The ration cycle may begin with any meal and
consists of that meal and the next two consecutive meals
and continues daily until changed by competent authority.
Breakfast, dinner, and supper each day provide one com-
plete cycle. When supplies are delivered during the night,
the most convenient meal to begin the cycle with is the
evening meal, or supper. When the cycle begins with supper
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and the rations are delivered at night, the ration delivered
one night will be for consumption beginning with supper
of the following night. In rest camps and under other fa-
vorable circumstances the cycle may begin with breakfast.
When this is done the ration will usually be delivered during
the day. If reserve rations are ordered carried in the
quartermaster regiment, they remain intact until such time
as it becomes necessary to issue them. They may, however,
be issued prior to the arrival of the daily train, provided the
supplies arriving on the daily train are of the same type
as those carried in the quartermaster regiment. If this is
done, the ration must be replaced in the quartermaster serv-
ice train as soon as practical after it has arrived at the rail-
head. The issue of any reserve ration carried in the quarter-
master train should never be made unless it has the prior
approval of the division commander. (See PM 10-5.)
i. Rations. — If an "A" ration is to arrive on the daily train,
every effort should be made to distribute as soon as possible
and distribution of the reserve ration carried in the quarter-
master train should be avoided.
j. Distribution of class I supplies in varying situations. —
(1) On the march. — (a) The supply of troops on the march
is not difficult. Although railhead distribution might be
considered normal for supply on the march, any of the
methods of distribution mentioned may be utilized. Sup-
plies may be secured by the regimental kitchens either before
the march begins or after the march ends. When combat
is imminent, it is more desirable to have the supplies issued
to the kitchens prior to the initiation of the march, as it
provides a full complement of rolling reserves with the
marching of columns. However, this may only be done if
the kitchens have sufficient capacity to carry a full day's
supply of class I supplies. In other situations, where the
kitchen trucks lack carrying capacity, it may be necessary
for the kitchens to secure their supplies in the new bivouacs.
The method of distribution will depend upon the situation,
the same general fundamentals applying as have been enun-
ciated in subparagraph gr above.
(b) If distribution is to be made in the new bivouac area
it may be possible to advance the railhead during the march.
This can, however, only be done when friendly troops are
protecting the new bivouac. If the distance between the
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using troops and the railhead is too great for the kitchens
or quartermaster trucks to make the return trip during the
prescribed period, distributing points may be set up between
the new bivouac and the railhead.
(2) Attack. — (a) In the attack, the railhead and other
quartermaster installations can be located relatively close
to the combat area. However, this does not mean that they
should be located so close as to endanger the installations.
(b) In a wide envelopment, special attention must be given
to the supply of the enveloping force. If the envelopment is
very wide and the distance too great, it may be necessary to
attach to the enveloping force extra transportation from the
quartermaster regiment. The supply of the holding force
will provide no special problem of supply.
(3) Pursuit. — In the pursuit, special attention must be given
to the encircling force. In many instances it may be found
necessary to attach additional quartermaster trucks to units
of the encircling force in order to insure adequate supply.
It must be borne in mind that in some situations the en-
circling force will be out of touch with the supply system
for several days. The direct pressure force will provide no
special supply problem. Supply installations can be pushed
well forward in the pursuit.
(4) Defense. — In the defense, the railhead and quarter-
master installations will probably be located well to the rear.
Reserves of class I supplies may be kept either at the railhead
or at division dumps.
(5) Navigation head and truckhead. — The same methods
of distribution as outlined for supplies received at a railhead
apply to truckheads and navigation heads. (See PM 10-5.)
■ 124. Gasoline and Oil Supply. — a. General. — The army
quartermaster establishes gasoline and oil supply points at
all railheads and depots, and at other convenient locations
on the main supply routes leading thereto. Some of these
installations may be civilian gasoline filling stations taken
over by the army quartermaster. In addition, it will be neces-
sary for gasoline and oil to be delivered to the division quar-
termaster in order to supply those vehicles, such as weapon
carriers, prime movers, etc., that are in the forward area of
the division. Each vehicle carries, in addition to the gasoline
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in tanks on the vehicle and the oil in the crankcase, a
10-gallon can of gasoline.
b. Supply vehicles. — Those vehicles which are traveling be-
tween the division area and army supply points should be
supplied with gasoline and oil, either at the supply point
or at some convenient filling station en route. The drivers
of these vehicles should make every effort to arrive in the
division area with the maximum amount of gasoline and oil
and should, therefore, refill at the last possible supply point
prior to entry into the division area.
c. Supply by division quartermaster. — A reserve of gasoline
and oil, in containers, is carried in each unit within the divi-
sion. As far as practicable, initial distribution of this reserve
will be made to each motor vehicle. This constitutes the
entire division reserve. The supply of those vehicles in the
forward area will be by the division quartermaster, who will
transport the gasoline in 10-gallon containers to division
gasoline and Oil distributing points, where the units will ex-
change their empty containers for full ones. If facilities are
available in the forward area, the division quartermaster
might establish filling stations, utilizing any workable
commercial facilities available.
d. Requirements of method of distribution. — Receipts for
any gasoline and oil issued by the division quartermaster
should be secured from the units receiving these supplies.
These receipts serve not only as a receipt for the gasoline
and oil drawn, but also form a basis for the requirements of
the daily telegram.
e. Special gasoline. — Special gasoline may be required for
use in cooking ranges and gasoline lanterns. This gasoline
will probably be issued with the class I supplies. If not
available at that time, it will be distributed separately.
/. Transportation. — If the division or higher commander
prescribes that the reserve of gasoline and oil be carried in
the quartermaster regiment, it will normally be carried in
the vehicles of the gasoline and oil supply platoon of the
headquarters company. (See FM 10-5.)
■ 125. Class II and Class IV Supplies. — a. Class II and class
IV supplies (.less animals) . — See FM 10-5.
b. Animal replacements. — See FM 10-5.
■ 126. Water Supply. — See FM 10-5.
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■ 127. Employment of Transport. — a. The transportation
Of the division quartermaster unit constitutes the division
reserve, which is seldom adequate to meet in full the require-
ments for resupply of the division during a protracted period.
It is, therefore, essential that the use of this transportation
be planned in advance and that all activities involved in its
use be coordinated by the division motor officer. Whenever
trucks are sent out on missions that do not involve their
entire capacity, the division motor officer should contact other
services and see if they can use the extra available capacity.
This transportation is available to the division commander
for the purpose of transporting supplies and troops and of
such other work as he may deem necessary. Some of the
more important duties performed by the quartermaster truck
battalions are the transportation of class I supplies, the
transportation of both small arms and field artillery ammuni-
tion, assisting in the movement of engineer supplies, and,
wherever practicable, transporting class II and class IV sup-
plies for the division. It may, in some instances, be necessary
to utilize some of this transportation for the delivery of
gasoline and oil. However, except under the most abnormal
conditions, the gasoline and oil supply platoon can handle
this work. Troop and supply movements by motor transport
are covered in detail in FM 100-10 and 25-10.
b. Work sheet. — In order to facilitate the allocation of
transportation to the various duties to be performed, some
method of advance planning must be utilized. In some cases,
the use of a control board, showing the various duties on
which each truck is engaged, may be satisfactory. In long
range planning, however, a work sheet similar to that shown
in figure 15 may be used. This work sheet should simplify
transport planning. Column 1 is for the mission of the
truck or group of trucks. Column 2 is for the designation
of the company furnishing the trucks. Column 3 is for the
number of trucks and trailers required. Column 4, under the
first step, is for the place that the trucks originate their
mission and the time that they depart; for example, the
trucks might originate their mission at the truck battalion
bivouac. Column 5, under second step, is for the first stop-
ping point, for example the class I supply railhead, together
with its time of arrival and time of departure. The time
of departure will be the time of arrival plus the time required
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to load or unload the truck or group of trucks, or the time
the truck or group of trucks is required to wait at that point.
The next column, under the third step, is for the next stopping
place, for example the 1st Infantry kitchen bivouac, together
with its time of arrival and departure. The method of com-
puting the time of departure is the same in each case as
for the second step. Columns 7 and 8 are repetitions. Each
task should be listed separately and careful consideration
should be given not only to the total number of trucks used
during the period for which the work sheet is prepared, but
aiso to the times of arrival and departure so that there will
be no overlapping by the same truck or group of trucks. (See
c. Wherever possible, each truck or group of trucks, after
having completed one mission, should, if the distance is not
too great, return to its bivouac before starting another task.
This will provide better control by the quartermaster over his
transportation and will prevent straggling. In some in-
stances, however, it may be possible for the same truck or
group of trucks to perform two or more tasks in sequence
without returning to its bivouac.
d. In solving any problems that might arise with reference
to the disposition of the trucks in performing their missions
for any given period, the following procedure may be followed:
(1) List all of the tasks to be performed by the quarter-
master regiment involving trucks during the period under
(2) List all of the restrictions imposed by higher head-
quarters that Will affect the use of the trucks; for example,
prohibition against use of lights, time of opening or closing
of installations, use of certain roads, etc.
(3) Next, make a table showing, in terms of miles and time,
with and without lights, all distances over which the trucks
(4) Next, list all of the means that are available, together
with their present loads.
(5) Finally, through the use of the work sheet, list the
means, together with their missions in the order of per-
formance, the number of trucks required, time of departure
from bivouac, time of arrival and departure at various supply
points or other destinations, and times of return at quarter-
master regimental bivouacs.
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■ 128. Protection. — a. The protection of the quartermaster
train is a responsibility of the quartermaster as regimental
commander. The regiment itself is equipped with rifles but,
if the situation warrants, the division quartermaster should
supplement this with a request for additional protection
from line troops. When the latter is done, the quarter-
master regiment will travel as a convoy. The best protec-
tion that the quartermaster regiment has is in the speed
of its trucks. Additional protection can be furnished in con-
cealment and dispersion and the establishment of road
blocks which should be maintained by effective fire support.
b. In bivouac. — Owing to the danger of hostile air at-
tacks, it is necessary that close attention be given to the
protection of the quartermaster regiment when in bivouac.
Truck units should be bivouacked so as to conceal their
vehicles from air observation. This concealment can be
secured by placing the trucks in garages of the cities and
towns in which the regiment is bivouacked or along those
streets in a city that have a considerable number of shade
trees, or along roads in the country, placing the vehicles
under trees. Trucks should be concealed wherever possible,
not only from overhead air observation, but from oblique
observation as well.
c. Additional protection can be secured by the proper use
of camouflage and concealment by artificial covers, such as
nets, branches of trees, and brush, by changing the pattern
to resemble other objects compatible with the surroundings.
(See FM 10-5.)
■ 129. Camouflage. — a. In general, camouflage work is ex-
ecuted by the troops of the activity or area being camou-
flaged. Major camouflage projects are executed by general
b. Use of camouflage. — (1) Natural cover should be sup-
plemented by camouflage, which, when successful, not only
conceals the camouflaged objects, but also disguises the fact
that camouflage has been used. Insofar as practicable, the
enemy must be kept in ignorance of any change in condi-
tions, and work must be conducted so that it will not register
in aerial photographs or be detected by ground observers
from within the enemy lines. Photographs frequently dis-
close things not visible to an observer's unaided eye. Or-
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ganization commanders should, therefore, familiarize them-
selves with the fundamentals of camouflage, prevent the
making of trails, tracks, or other betraying marks in the
vicinity of any work, and instruct their personnel in the
use of natural and artificial cover.
(2) Natural cover or camouflage prepared from natural
material is usually more effective and economical than cover
prepared from artificial material'. Full advantage should
always be taken of such cover. When natural materials,
such as leaves or branches, are used for camouflage, care
should be taken to see that the wilting process does not
destroy their effectiveness.
(3) In general, it is useless to attempt to camouflage a
position where work has already begun and where the enemy
has had an opportunity to observe and register the site.
(4) Even though it may be impossible to camouflage com-
pletely a military structure, its visibility should be reduced
by disguising its outline and eliminating highlights and re-
(5) Subsidiary military works or auxiliary structures, such
as temporary kitchens or latrines, must be located and camou-
(6) There should be close cooperation among the intelli-
gence sections, air corps, and camouflage officers, in order that
camouflage work may be properly executed. Whenever prac-
ticable, the counter-intelligence plan should provide for aerial
photographs of our own positions to insure the proper sur-
veillance of the camouflaged effort. Camouflage officers
should study these photographs with a view to correcting
defective work. .
(7) In order that they may perform their camouflage duties
properly, responsible officers must acquire an intimate knowl-
edge of the area in which they are to operate. They must
learn the photographic values, textures, and character of the
materials required, as well as the best means of adapting their
work to the terrain. For detailed instructions concerning
the use of camouflage see FM 5-15. (See also FM 10-5.)
c. Camouflage discipline. — The proper concealment of troops
from hostile aviation depends, in large measure, on the under-
standing by all military personnel of what aerial photographs
reveal and on the degree of camouflage discipline prevailing
within the command. Trained troops utilize to the maximum
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existing roads, trails, and paths before making new ones, and
avoid making any that are unnecessary.
d. All identification marks, such as divisional, regimental,
or lower organizational designations, or insignia, on all classes
of individual or organizational equipment should be effectively
obliterated on orders of higher authority prior to entry into
the combat zone.
e. Use of cover. — Troops should make maximum use of the
concealment afforded by terrain features, such as woods,
covered routes, and villages. Whenever possible this should
be supplemented by artificial concealment prepared from
various materials such as grass, leaves, or burlap. For de-
tailed instructions concerning individual use of concealment,
see EM 21-45.
/. Use of darkness. — (1) Night marches. — In general, troop
movements in the combat zone should be made under cover
of darkness and with restrictions on the use of lights. The
different degrees of restrictions on the use of lights will be
denned in orders by the theater commander. In some in-
stances lights will not be permitted in the division area. In
other instances lights will be permitted only in the area for-
ward of the light line. This line will be the line forward of
which lights will be prohibited. When troops are being con-
centrated by night marches, daybreak should find them either
in position or under cover in woods or villages.
(2) Blackout. — If the enemy possesses a powerful air force,
a blackout system must be employed in the theater of op-
erations, the necessary instructions for which will be issued
by the theater commander.
■ 130. Graves Registration. — See FM 10-5."
■ 131. Salvage. — See FM 10-5.
■ 132. Traffic and Traffic Control. — a. General. — The per-
sonnel of the quartermaster regiment should thoroughly
understand traffic control and the rules and regulations
affecting the flow of traffic.
b. Circulation. — Circulation is the movement of traffic over
routes in accordance with circulation plans which determine
the direction of traffic and classes of traffic permitted over
the various routes.
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(1) Within each division area a circulation map will be
prepared by the G-4 section in collaboration with the division
engineer. This circulation map will show the direction of
traffic on principal routes within the division area, together
with the location of any traffic control stations that might
be established. All personnel of the quartermaster truck
units should be thoroughly familiar with the circulation of
traffic within the division area and the area in which its
trucks operate. As the quartermaster supply trucks operate
between the army supply points and the division area, all
personnel should be familiar with the circulation map of the
army and corps as well as of the division. The circulation
plan must be based upon the tactical situation, plan of
supply and evacuation, and upon the road net within the
\' (2) The backbone of the circulation map is the main
supply road. This road may be a single road, operating two-
way traffic from the rear to the front, or it may be two
single roads, one as a road carrying inbound traffic and the
other road carrying outbound traffic. The best road in the
area should be devoted to the inbound traffic for the trucks
traveling this road will normally be loaded. It is preferable
to have an inbound and outbound road rather than a two-way
road. The two-way road is objectionable because it permits
cross traffic over the main supply road when making left
hand turns. The direction of traffic over lateral routes, that
is, roads generally paralleling the front, should be alternated
and, if practicable, the lateral routes should be limited to
one-way traffic. Division supply points, clearing stations,
collecting points, etc., should be located on roads or spurs,
. preferably off the main supply route. Turn-arounds should
be provided over a one-way road, and passing points should
be designated or traffic controlled by a block system, the
vehicles operating in one direction being permitted to pass
over a section of the road under control of military police.
c. Traffic control. — Traffic control means the. control of
the movement of persons, animals, and vehicles. Its object
is to facilitate and expedite travel by preventing accidents,
interference, and congestion. This can best be accomplished
by enforcing traffic regulations as to speed, direction of
travel, the prohibition of double banking, and the use of
reserved or specially assigned routes.
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(1) Travel may be expedited by the proper issuance of
instructions and information to transportation personnel by
the military police.
(2) Traffic control is necessary because of the heavy and
continuous traffic to which the roads in the theater of
operations are subjected. The movement of motor transport,
horse-drawn vehicles, and foot troops must be coordinated
in order to secure the best advantage of the available road
capacity. As a corollary to this, the fewer the roads, the
closer the supervision. The requirements for the combat
troops should dominate the traffic control.
(3) The principal measures for control are as follows:
(a) Reserving certain routes for use of a particular type
of transportation, such as for the exclusive use of animal-
(b) The allotment of specific hours to combat units or
supplies, as for example, allotting the hours prior to mid-
night for use of combat troops and the hours subsequent to
midnight for the transportation of supplies.
(c) Rigid enforcement of traffic rules and regulations
by the military police.
(<Z) The proper enforcement of march discipline,
(e) The elimination of cross traffic.
(4) There are two methods of traffic control:
(a) Block system.. — This system may be employed during
the movement of small bodies of troops or convoys not in the
presence of the enemy and on routes that are not in constant
use. The military police proceed in advance along the route
to be followed by the troops and convoys. At crossings,
detours, and other places, they take station far enough ahead
to insure the march being made without interference by other
traffic. When the head of the column passes the traffic con-
trol station thus established, the military police proceed to the
next unposted point, clearing the road as they go. This pro-
cedure is carried out until the troops have reached their
(b) Point system. — The point system consists of one or
more men stationed at important points to regulate traffic
in much the same manner as civilian traffic policemen.
Traffic controls consist of men mounted on horse, bicycle,
or motorcycle, and are used to patrol constantly the roads
between traffic control posts. This system may be used
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on roads that are in constant use during movement of large
bodies of troops. (See PM 10-5, 100-10, 25-10, and 29-5.)
QUARTERMASTER BATTALION, INFANTRY DIVISION
■ 133. General. — The quartermaster battalion (triangular
division) is the unit assigned to provide quartermaster service
for the infantry division (triangular). The battalion is or-
ganized to provide personnel and units trained in the tech-
nique of quartermaster administration, supply, and trans-
■ 134. Duties. — The duties required of the quartermaster
battalion are identical with the duties prescribed in paragraph
■ 135. Organization of Quartermaster Battalion. — a. In or-
der to perform the quartermaster service incident to the
infantry division, triangular, the battalion has been organized
into a battalion headquarters and headquarters company, and
one truck company. The battalion consists of 18 officers and
302 enlisted men. (See T/O 10-15.)
b. Battalion headquarters consists of a lieutenant colonel
commanding, and seven other officers who form the nucleus
for both the battalion headquarters and the office of the divi-
sion quartermaster. The battalion commander acts in a dual
capacity; he commands the battalion and is a member of the
division special staff. Prescribed duties and responsibilities
of the battalion commander are identical with those listed
in paragraph 119b and c.
c. The designation of the seven other officers in the bat-
talion headquarters is as follows:
(1) One major, executive, second in command and assistant
(2) One captain, division supply officer.
(3) One captain, division transportation officer.
(4) One first lieutenant, adjutant.
(5) One lieutenant, assistant to the division supply officer.
(6) One lieutenant, assistant transportation and gasoline
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(7) One second lieutenant, battalion supply officer.
d. The headquarters company is divided into a company
headquarters, a car platoon, a service platoon, and a main-
(1) The company headquarters performs the normal du-
ties of housekeeping for the battalion headquarters and for
the company. These duties include clerical work, supply,
and messing for the company.
(2) The car platoon furnishes the passenger transporta-
tion for division headquarters. It operates five 5-passenger
automobiles, and eight Vi-ton command and reconnaissance
(3) The service platoon, consisting of two sections, fur-
nishes labor for the division and is the nucleus for any labor
pool that may be organized within the division. Its function
is to load and unload supplies at various divisional supply
points and to perform such other labor as might be assigned
to it by competent authority. It acts in a manner similar
to the service company, quartermaster regiment, infantry
division, square. The platoon is commanded by a second
(4) The maintenance platoon is divided into a platoon
headquarters, two repair sections, one wrecker section, and
one supply section.
(a) Platoon headquarters, consisting of one officer, and
four enlisted men, performs the normal duties of a platoon
(b) The repair sections maintain and operate a mobile
(c) The wrecker section provides the equipment and per-
sonnel to provide wrecker service for the division. It is
normally located with the maintenance shop.
((f) The supply section, under the supervision of a second
lieutenant, provides the personnel for operating the motor,
transport supply service. This can best be operated in con-
junction with the maintenance shop.
(e) The platoon should be bivouacked in the vicinity of
the third echelon maintenance shop.
e. The truck company consists of a company headquarters
and two platoons, - under the command of a captain.
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(1) The company headquarters provides personnel and
equipment for company housekeeping, including clerical work,
supply, and messing.
(2) The platoons furnish the truck and trailer transporta-
tion for the division. The company provides either forty
2%-ton cargo trucks or forty %- to 1-ton 2-wheeled cargo
trailers for general cargo and troop-hauling purposes within
the division. (See PM 10-5.)
■ 136. Organization of Office of Division Quartermaster. —
a. A suggested type organization of the office of the division
quartermaster and headquarters, quartermaster regiment,
square division, is given in figure 11. The same doctrine,
duties, and fundamentals are applicable to the operation
of the division quartermaster's office, triangular division, as
outlined in paragraphs 120 and 121 for the square division.
The main difference in the organization of the two offices is
in the rank, numbers, and detailed assignment of personnel.
It should be noted that this is only a guide, and that T/O
10-16 essentially governs. (See PM 10-5.)
(1) The administrative division may be headed by the bat-
(2) The supply division is headed by a captain who is desig-
nated as the quartermaster supply officer. A first lieutenant
assists him in operating the supply division. One of the
lieutenants in the transportation division also assists the
quartermaster supply officer in matters pertaining to class III
(3) The transportation division is headed by a captain,
who is designated as the transportation officer. He is assisted
by a first lieutenant of the battalion headquarters, by the
lieutenant commanding the maintenance platoon of the head-
quarters company, who performs the duties of the division
maintenance officer, and, if necessary or desirable, by the
commander of the truck company, who may be the division
(4) Two officers are assigned to the battalion headquarters.
One is the adjutant, who also performs the duties of S-2 and
S-3; the other is the battalion supply officer, S-4.
b. The assignment of personnel to various duties in the
office of the division quartermaster is dependent on the per-
sonnel available in the battalion, the idiosyncrasies of the
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division quartermaster, and on the organization of the division
general and special staff. The allocation of enlisted personnel
to battalion headquarters and office of the division quarter-
master is based upon the organization adopted by the division
■ 137. Distribution of Supply. — a. Class I supply. — In gen-
eral, all the methods outlined in section III for the procure-
ment and distribution of class I supply can be applied to
the triangular division. The triangular division may find it
necessary to resort to railhead distribution more frequently
than the square division. This is due in part to the limited
amount of transportation available within' the quartermaster
battalion. Nevertheless, the primary function of the divi-
sion quartermaster is still that of procurement and distribu-
tion of supplies, and recommendations and supervision by the
quartermaster service are still necessary. A reserve of class
I supply is carried by the truck company of the quartermaster
battalion whenever the division or higher commander pre-
scribes. If .the situation precludes the establishment of a
reserve within the division, a railhead reserve of at least 1
day's class I supply should be prescribed. (See FM 100-10.)
b. Class III supply. — The methods for procuring and dis-
tributing gasoline and oil in the triangular division are sim-
ilar to those laid down in paragraph 124. Whenever gasoline
and oil are distributed by the quartermaster service in the
triangular division the distribution will be effected under the
supervision of the first lieutenant, assistant to the transpor-
tation officer, using labor secured from the service platoon
of the headquarters and headquarters company, and transpor-
tation secured from the truck company. (See FM 100-10.)
c. Class II and class IV supply. — Class II and class IV supply
are handled in the triangular division in the same manner
as that laid down in paragraph 125. (See FM 100-10.)
■ 138. Transport. — Owing to the limited amount of trans-
portation available in the quartermaster battalion and the
limited amount of other truck transport available within the
division, all transportation in the division, except prime mov-
ers and weapon carriers, should be utilized as a pool in order
to obtain the maximum flexibility and hauling capacity.
Motor vehicles from the quartermaster battalion or division
138-139 QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS
pool are frequently attached to units for specific periods when
the task exceeds the capacity of organic unit transportation.
(See PM 100-10 and 25-10.)
■ 139. Motor Maintenance. — a. The third echelon mainte-
nance shop operated by the repair section of the mainte-
nance platoon, headquarters company, should be located
on the main supply route between the division railheads and
the forward area of the division. Towns with existing repair
shops furnish excellent locations for third echelon mainte-
nance shops. If such locations are not available, the field
shop should be set up in a convenient location.
b. Units perform all first and second echelon maintenance
and the maximum amount possible of third echelon main-
tenance. Spare parts are obtained from the supply section
of the maintenance platoon of headquarters company, quar-
c. Vehicles which cannot be repaired promptly by the unit
are turned over to the division quartermaster service or are
collected by the wrecker section of the maintenance platoon.
Pending repair by the third echelon shop, or replacement
from army, replacement of vehicles needed by units may be
temporarily supplied from the truck company, quartermaster
battalion. (See PM 10-5 and 25-10.)
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CAVALRY AND ARMORED DIVISIONS
Seqtion I. Cavalry division (horse)
II. Armored division
CAVALRY DIVISION (HORSE)
■ 140. General. — See FM 10-5.
■ 141. Organization of Quartermaster Squadron. — See T/O
10-115 and 10-116.
■ 142. Organization of Division Quartermaster's Office. —
The organization of the division quartermaster's office is
similar to that outlined for the infantry division, square,
given in paragraph 120. The only difference is the grade
of the officers assigned to the various divisions.
■ 143. Class I Supplies. — a. The fundamentals governing
quartermaster operations in the Infantry division, square,
given in section HI, chapter 6, are applicable to the Cavalry
division and are to be employed whenever practicable. How-
ever, modifications are frequently necessary. The wide
fronts over which Cavalry may operate, its probable dis-
tance from suitable rail facilities, and the difficulty of dis-
patching and guarding convoys may necessitate intermittent
supply at 2- or 3-day intervals, in which case Cavalry sub-
sists on its reserve supplies or resorts to local procurement.
When intermittent supply is necessary, arrangement is to
be made for the replenishment of the supplies consumed
during the interval missed. Railheads often are far to the
rear, and usually unit distribution of class I supplies is found
more suitable. In many instances, it is found feasible for
the quartermaster to issue class I supplies, from such re-
serve as may be carried in the quartermaster squadron, prior
to the arrival of the daily train. The supplies issued from
the reserve are to be replaced as soon as practicable after
the arrival of the daily train. (See FM 10-5 and 100-10.)
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b. In many situations Cavalry may find itself operating
where rail facilities are not available. Under such circum-
stances it is necessary for the army to forward supplies by
motor transport to truckheads, which can serve the Cavalry
division. An alternative method is to attach trucks to the
division from the motor transport service in order to pro-
vide a reserve of class I supplies in addition to those nor-
mally carried by the division. The amount of transporta-
tion to be attached will depend on the number of days of
supply prescribed by the division commander or higher head-
quarters. These trucks may, in some instances, dump their
initial loads at class I supply dumps, the dumps so established
becoming supply points of various classes for the division or
regiment. The motor transport trucks then haul between
the motor supply points and the dump. (See FM 10-5 and
c. In some rare situations, it may be necessary for the
division to secure its supplies through the medium of air
transportation; that is, when certain cavalry units are an
extreme distance from the base, or where the presence of
hostile troops prevents the use of rail or motor transport.
(See FM 10-5 and 100-10.)
d. Under certain conditions it may be necessary for the
division to resort to local procurement for all types of sup-
plies. The responsibility for local procurement rests upon
the division quartermaster. He must take steps to accom-
plish the collection and distribution of supplies without in-
terfering with or delaying the tactical mission of the com-
bat troops. Before entering a territory where the command
may have to live off the country, the division quartermaster
should obtain all available information concerning its re-
sources. Upon entering the territory, systematic inspections
of all parts of the locality should be made in order to verify
previous reports and to gain additional information. Plans
and preparations are made for the collection and distribu-
tion of supplies to be purchased or requisitioned. Organiza-
tions, unless specifically authorized to do so, are not per-
mitted to seize supplies for their own use. When practicable,
all supplies are collected at specific points where they are
taken over by the quartermaster and issued to the command
in the usual manner. The guiding factor is that collection oj
supplies should cause the minimum of interference with the
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tactical mission of the command. To simplify the exploita-
tion of the resources of a territory, advantage should be
taken of assistance from local authorities. These authori-
ties ordinarily know the amount of supplies available within
their communities and the quantities that can be procured.
In friendly territory local transportation and labor may be
hired or impressed. In either case, local transportation and
labor are more difficult to handle than military and are to
to be employed only when necessary. Their most frequent
use is in the collection of supplies to convenient points where
such supplies can be picked up by organic transport. (See
e. A Cavalry command authorized and required to subsist
itself upon supplies obtained through local sources must have
a carefully considered plan of supply. This plan should in-
clude decisions on the following points:
(1) System of getting information on the resources of
(2) Whether supplies are to be levied, requisitioned, or
(3) Whether supplies are to be collected by details from
the division or delivered at central locations by the
(4) Best method of using the trains.
(5) Whether or not to use impressed transportation.
(6) Whether to have the area passed through divided into
sectors for supply of separate units, or to have the whole
command supplied from one area.
In making initial supply plans, it is necessary to consider
the attitude of the inhabitants of the occupied area. If
the inhabitants are passively disposed, the task of procuring
the local supplies is made easier. If the inhabitants are hos-
tile, the work of collecting supplies is most difficult. In the
latter case, attempts may be made to carry off, conceal, or
destroy the resources so as to prevent the troops from deriv-
ing benefit therefrom. Cash payments generally bring about
the best results in local procurement.
/. Probably the most efficient method of obtaining first-
hand information concerning the resources of an area im-
mediately available for use by troops is to send out, with
advance guards and reconnaissance detachments, agents
of the supply services. These agents are assigned certain
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 143
areas to cover and they make their reports direct to the
headquarters of the force. These reports, together with
those of organization supply officers, patrols, and reconnais-
sance troops, give the location, quantity, and nature of
supplies found, information of the roads, local transporta-
tion available, feasibility of securing supplies locally, and
the availability of local labor. Every officer in charge of a
reconnaissance detachment or patrol is, temporarily, a sup-
ply agent for his commanding officer insofar as obtaining
this information is concerned.
g. Supplies obtained in friendly territory are ordinarily
paid for by cash. A finance officer or his agent accompanies
the troops to make the necessary payments.
h. In hostile territory, there are two methods of collect-
ing supplies —
(1) Direct purchase or requisition by subordinate units. —
This system permits each unit to obtain locally all available
supplies for its own use. It is most often used by smaller
units. Requisitions are to be resorted to only when author-
ized by the commander of the theater of operations. They
are enforced by detachments commanded by commissioned
(2) Systematic collection under division control. — (a) By
this method, which is the more efficient system for a large
force, supplies are located, obtained, collected, and there-
after distributed and issued through the regular supply
(b) The plan for the collection of supplies is influenced
by the following factors:
1. Reconnaissance missions of troops accompanied by
2. Reports of supply agents received at the headquar-
ters of the unit.
3. Sectors to be assigned subordinate units, based on
reported locations of supplies.
4. Organic and impressed transportation to be used.
5. Time supplies are to be delivered to collection
(c) The actual collection of supplies is, as far as possible,
accomplished by service troops. Sometimes, however, a show
of force is necessary, and combat troops may be detailed for
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this purpose. Collection may be made by the combat organ-
(d) If local transport is to be employed, it is organized
and placed under an officer of appropriate rank and experi-
ence. A small detachment of combat troops may be as-
signed to insure order in the train column.
(e) Probably the best method of handling this difficult
supply problem is to put the burden of actually serving the
Cavalry upon the civil population. Full resort to officials is
to be made by agents collecting information of supplies.
Local authorities ordinarily know the quantity of supplies
in the locality and the amount that can be spared with
least hardship to the inhabitants. Working through local
authorities, it may be possible to have supplies collected and
delivered at specified points by civilian inhabitants. This
method has the disadvantage of usually taking more time
than the collection of supplies by agencies of the command.
i. Gasoline and oil requirements for the Cavalry division
are more difficult to supply than those of an Infantry divi-
sion, because the distance traveled by a Cavalry division
and the distance the division must travel to its supply points
are usually much greater. All of this tends to increase the
difficulty of supplying a Cavalry division with sufficient gaso-
line and oil.
j. Under normal conditions the army establishes gasoline
filling stations on routes between the army supply points and
the area in which the division is operating in addition to
those stations operated at the supply points. Many of the
vehicles, however, do not return to supply points, but con-
tinue to operate in the forward area. Special provisions for
gasoline and oil for the vehicles operating in the forward
area must be made. This can be accomplished when deliv-
ering gasoline and oil at gasoline and oil railheads or by for-
warding gasoline and oil by motor transport. Distribution
to the using troops may then be made by establishing mobile
filling stations or gasoline and oil distribution points. (See
fc. Whenever possible, local resources are to be exploited
for gasoline and oil. Gasoline and oil requirements increase
the difficulty of completely supplying a Cavalry division from
local resources, especially in hostile territory. These com-
modities are easily destroyed. Except by surprise action.
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procurement in hostile territory generally is impossible. In
friendly territory, procurement in sufficient quantity is de-
pendent upon the locality.
■ 144. Forage. — A full supply of forage is even more im-
portant to Cavalry than a full supply of rations. Horses
quickly become unserviceable if deprived of adequate forage.
There is insufficient transportation in the Cavalry division
to carry hay in addition to other loads. If hay is not other-
wise available, the division quartermaster must be constantly
on the lookout for some suitable substitute. Other grasses
and nearly all growing crops may help to take the place of
hay. Frequently the division quartermaster must also find
substitutes for oats, such as corn, barley, wheat, rye, peas,
beans, rice, or similar grains. Grain, however, due to its
concentrated food value, may be carried in such division
reserve as may be prescribed. If hay cannot be shipped in
by the daily train or by a truck column operating to the
rear, local procurement may be resorted to. The corollary to
this is that, wherever possible, local procurement is made
in order to avoid the transportation of such bulky supplies
over long distances. (See FM 10-5.)
■ 145. Water. — Water is another important item of supply
for the Cavalry, because of the large requirements for its men,
animals, and motors. Animals, in particular, need not only
large quantities of water, but they must have it at frequent
intervals in order to maintain their efficiency. In some
theaters these large requirements cannot always be obtained
locally, in which event water must be transported to the area
by rail, motor, or pipe line and distribution made to the units
at water-distributing points. Water for the men and kitchens
can usually be distributed in 5- or 10-gallon containers. This
method of distribution is identical with that employed in the
Infantry division. (See FM 10-5 and 100-10.)
■ 146. Class II and Class IV Supplies, Including Remounts. —
In a rapidly moving situation there is little opportunity to
secure quartermaster class II and class IV supplies and re-
mounts from the rear. In such cases, when the replenish-
ment of these supplies or the replacement of remounts is
imperative, the division quartermaster must make every effort
to secure the supplies from the army supply points or resort
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to local procurement. Where class I supplies are being
shipped to the Cavalry division through a railhead, it may
be practicable periodically to attach additional cars of other
quartermaster supplies, such as horseshoes, clothing, saddle
equipment, motor parts, and other urgently needed replace-
ment, to the daily train. The transportation available for
the handling of these supplies is limited and the requisitioning
of such is to be restricted. Ammunition, ordnance, and engi-
neer supplies also may be shipped to the Cavalry division
railhead when conditions permit and when the Cavalry divi-
sion is operating at considerable distance from the army
depots. The method of procuring these supplies follows that
outlined in paragraph 118, PM 10-5.
■ 147. Miscellaneous. — Graves registration and mortuary
matters are handled in a manner similar to that given in par-
agraph 118, PM 10-5. The major difference between a Cav-
alry division and an Infantry division is that Cavalry fre-
quently operates over wide fronts and in rapidly moving sit-
uations and, therefore, may require a greater number of
cemeteries. Every effort is made by the quartermaster to
restrict the number of cemeteries and individual graves, and
special attention is given to their recording.
■ 148. Salvage. — The collection of salvage is conducted in a
manner similar to that given in paragraph 118, FM 10-5. The
division quartermaster, however, will find collecting salvage
for the Cavalry division more difficult than collecting it for
the Infantry division, owing to the rapidity with which
■ 149. Quartering. — Quartering is handled in a manner
similar to that given in paragraph 118, FM 10-5.
■ 150. Protection. — o. The fundamentals of protection and
the method employed are given in paragraph 128. In many
situations, however, it is necessary for the quartermaster
regiment to travel under convoy. This is particularly true
when operating in hostile territory and where there is con-
stant danger of attack by hostile Cavalry or mechanized
forces. Constant reconnaissance, observation, and other se-
curity measures are to be adopted whenever the quarter 7
master regiment is operating between the Cavalry area and
its supply points.
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 150-152
b. Owing to the distance over which Cavalry may operate,
it is frequently necessary for the attachment of additional
quartermaster units. The types and number of these units
that are to be attached is dependent upon the circumstances.
This involves the width of the front, the distance the division
is operating from supply points, availability of supplies, avail-
ability of good motor roads, the danger of mechanized motor
and air attacks, and the availability of quartermaster mech-
c. In all other respects, the division quartermaster and the
quartermaster units of the Cavalry division operate and per-
form their duties in a manner similar to that outlined in
paragraphs 122 to 132 inclusive. (See FM 100-10 and 10-5.)
■ 151. Quartermaster Service. — a. Quartermaster service in
the armored division is provided by a quartermaster bat-
talion (T/O 10-35). An armored force is a combined force
comprising reconnaissance, assault, and supporting troops of
more than one arm or service, transported in wheeled or
tracklaying type motor vehicles, the bulk of which are
provided either with partial or complete armor.
b. Operations of the quartermaster service in the armored
division are analogous to those in the Cavalry division and the
Infantry division (triangular) with such modifications as
are necessary to meet the needs peculiar to mechanized and
motorized units. The distances that an armored division is,
capable of covering, the speed of its operations, and the con-
sequent wear on transportation aggravating the supply of
repair parts and supplies, ,and the absolute dependence of
the division on an adequate supply of motor fuels and lu-
bricants will develop special difficulties which the division
quartermaster must be prepared to overcome. (See PM
■ 152. Quartermaster Battalion — Organization. — a. The
quartermaster battalion, armored division, consists of a bat-
talion headquarters and headquarters company, a light
maintenance company, and a truck company.
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b. Battalion headquarters furnishes the officer and enlisted
personnel for the operation of battalion headquarters and
the office of the division quartermaster.
c. The headquarters company is organized with a company
headquarters, a service platoon, a communication platoon and
a division supply section.
(1) The company headquarters performs the normal duties
of a company headquarters.
(2) The service platoon provides labor for handling sup-
plies and forms the nucleus of the division labor pool.
(3) The division supply section embraces the purchasing
and contracting officer, the class I supply officer, an
ammunition-handling officer, and a transportation officer.
d. The truck company, organized according to T/O 10-57
is equipped with 48 trucks, 2%-ton, and 40 trailers, 1-ton (160
truck tons) available for general cargo transportation includ-
ing the transportation of such reserves as may be prescribed.
e. The light maintenance company, organized according to
T/O 10-27 provides third echelon motor maintenance for the
division transportation whose maintenance is a responsibility
of the Quartermaster Corps. (See AR 850-15.)
■ 153. Office of Division Quartermaster. — No definite office
organization is prescribed. An organization similar to that
recommended for the quartermaster battalion, triangular
Infantry division, (par. 137, and fig. 11), modified to conform
to the personnel available, will meet requirements from a
functional standpoint. (See also T/O 10-36, and chart on
p. 121, EM 10-5.)
■ 154. Reserve Supplies. — a. Supply of the armored division
is based on the fundamental that each major unit has suffi-
cient capacity to enable the unit to be self-sufficient for short
periods. Normally each company will carry one type A or B
ration in the unit kitchen, each vehicle will carry two type
C rations for each individual assigned to the vehicle, and
the quartermaster will transport one type B ration for all
troops of the division. In all, four rations are available.
&. Reserves of gasoline and oil are prescribed for each unit
so as to give the division freedom of action within a 300-mile
radius. Each vehicle will carry in its tanks and in containers
sufficient fuel for 150 miles of operation ; each unit will carry
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 154-157
on its transportation sufficient fuel for an additional 150 miles
of operation for all vehicles. (See FM 100-10.)
c. In actual operations a reserve of ammunition is carried
both in the combat units and in the division trains. Nor-
mally 1 day of fire of small arms ammunition is carried on the
person or the vehicle and another day of fire on the regimental
or unit transportation; artillery ammunition is available on
the basis of 1 day of fire for each weapon carried in transpor-
tation of the unit. Within the limits of the capacity of trans-
portation available in the quartermaster battalion a reserve of
ammunition may be carried by that battalion. When the
mission assigned requires the division to carry within the
division a reserve of ammunition in excess of the transporta-
tion available, additional transportation must be assigned by
higher authority. (See also par. 159.)
■ 155. Class I and Class III Supply. — The conventional meth-
ods of supply will be employed whenever the tactical and sup-
ply situation makes such methods practicable. During pe-
riods where continuous supply is not possible, procurement
from local resources must be resorted to and such resources
exploited to the utmost. Foresight and timely preparations
incorporated into a flexible plan will enable an alert division
quartermaster to adapt expedients to meet all conceivable
contingencies. (See also par. 159.)
■ 156. Class II and Class IV Supply. — See paragraph 118,
■ 157. Transportation. — a. Transportation available within
the quartermaster battalion is limited; therefore, distribution
of supplies to divisional units will normally be accomplished
by transportation of the unit.
b. When elements of the division are detached on inde-
pendent missions, sufficient transportation should be attached
to such elements to insure continuity of supplies for the execu-
tion of the mission. The limitations to the distance of stra-
tegical operation of supply are based on the following
(1) The cargo capacity of company and regimental
(2) The mobility of supply trains or similar attached
vehicles, which is governed by the capabilities of vehicles
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and personnel. These capabilities cannot be exceeded for any
considerable period of time with impunity.
(3) The location of railheads, truckheads, or other similar
establishments where replenishment of supplies is received.
These establishments should be located so that trains, in
maintaining the continuous flow of supplies, will not be re-
quired to exceed a normal marching distance each day. At
times this may necessitate a daily forward displacement of
such establishments equal to the daily advance of the combat
elements of the division. (See PM 100-10 and 10-5.)
■ 158. Logistical Considerations. — a. Where prolonged oper-
ations of armored divisions and corps of GHQ tank units are
contemplated, adequate arrangements must be made by the
higher headquarters to insure timely replenishment of sup-
plies required by the armored units. Where the armored
units are required to operate at great distances from their
base of supplies, when continuity of supply is interrupted by
enemy action, and in other emergency situations delivery
of urgent supplies may be made by air.
£>. As a general guide to the logistical capabilities of armored
divisions, the following, expressed in terms of days of supply,
are the maximum supplies carried organically:
(1) Class I: 3 days (including one "D" ration) in units, plus
1 day in quartermaster battalion.
(2) Ammunition: 2 days' supply of small arms, 37-mm,
60-mm mortar; 1 day's supply 81-mm mortar, 105-mm how-
itzer, and 75-mm antitank guns.
(3) Gasoline and oil: 2 days' supply.
In addition, the quartermaster battalion of the armored divi-
sion can carry 120 tons of ammunition or gasoline and oil
(over and above the normal division reserve of 1 day's supply
of class I — 40 tons) .
c. The following are the approximate tonnages of 1 day's
supply of the indicated items for an armored division :
Ammunition, all classes
Gasoline and oil (assumed average operating dis
tance, 100 miles)
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Section I. Corps as part of army.
II. Independent corps
CORPS AS PART OP ARMY
■ 159. General. — a. The normal chain of supply, evacuation,
and maintenance is direct between this independent corps and
the divisions. The corps, as part of an army, has few admin-
istrative responsibilities except for corps troops. The corps is
ordinarily concerned with the supply of the divisions only to
the extent of the assurance that administrative arrangements
are functioning satisfactorily.
b. The corps is responsible for the allocation to divisions as
well as to corps troops of such quartermaster supplies and
credits as may be allocated to it by higher authority. The
corps quartermaster is responsible lor the supply of corps
troops and the command and supervision of all corps quarter-
master activities. The corps, therefore, is not a link in the
chain of supply when acting as part of an army. The corps
is concerned with the supply of the divisions only to the extent
of being assured that the supply is satisfactory. The trains
of the corps quartermaster normally carry no reserve supplies
for its divisions, but may carry reserve supplies for corps
troops. The quantity of reserves carried must of necessity
be decided upon by the corps commander or higher authority.
(See PM 10-5 and 100-10.)
■ 160. Composition. — a. The corps quartermaster service
consists of the quartermaster section, headquarters army
corps and such attachments as may be ordeiud from general
headquarters. The quartermaster section, headquarters, army
corps, is composed of five officers and nine enlisted men and
furnishes the nucleus for operating the corps quartermaster
service. The normal attachments of the quartermaster units
consist of two truck companies, one light maintenance com-
438624° — 42 9 125
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pany, one quartermaster gasoline supply company, and one
quartermaster service company (a total of 15 officers and 746
enlisted men) . If the situation demands, additional quarter-
master units may be attached to the corps. These units pro-
vide supply, labor, and transportation service to the corps
troops and are available for reattachments to the combat
divisions of the corps. (See PM 10-5.)
b. Heading the corps quartermaster service is the corps
quartermaster, who is a member of the corps special staff, and
commands the corps quartermaster service. As a special staff
officer, he makes such technical inspections as may be directed
by the corps commander. He may call on division quarter-
masters and supply officers of corps troop units for such
technical reports as may be necessary in supervising quarter-
master activities with which corps headquarters is charged.
As commander of the corps quartermaster service, he com-
mands all quartermaster units assigned or attached to the
■ 161. Headquarters Corps Quartermaster Service. — a. The
nucleus of the corps quartermaster service is provided by the
quartermaster section, headquarters army corps, which con-
sists of five officers and nine enlisted men. (See T/O 100-1.)
Other officers and men are detailed from attached quarter-
master units as are required.
b. The office of the corps quartermaster is the headquarters
for the corps quartermaster service and is located at the rear
echelon corps headquarters. The office of the corps quarter-
master supervises and directs all quartermaster activities
pertaining to the corps. The executive officer assists the
quartermaster in the performance of his special staff func-
tions and is second in command and executive of the corps
c. The organization of the corps quartermaster's office
may follow the same general lines as laid down in para-
graph 120 and performs the same duties as outlined in
paragraph 121. The administrative section is headed by a
first lieutenant, who also acts as adjutant for the corps quar-
termaster service. The executive officer may head the sup-
ply division with one captain as assistant. The transporta-
tion division may be headed by a major, probably assisted
by a captain or lieutenant detailed from an attached quar-
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■ 162. Corps Quartermaster Service. — a. Truck companies. —
The two truck companies provide motor transportation for
hauling supplies, including such reserves as may be pre-
scribed by the corps commander, for the movement of
troops, and a nucleus for the motor pool.
b. Quartermaster light maintenance company. — (1) The
quartermaster light maintenance company provides person-
nel for the transportation of the corps quartermaster's office,
motor inspection for corps troops and divisions, motor sup-
plies (except gasoline and oil) for corps troops, and third
echelon motor maintenance for quartermaster motor ve-
hicles for corps troops.
(2) The commander of the light maintenance company is
corps motor maintenance officer and assistant to the corps
motor officer. He is adviser to the corps quartermaster on
matters pertaining to motor maintenance for corps troops
and is responsible to him for the efficient functioning of mo-
tor supply, administration, inspection, and third echelon
motor maintenance of all quartermaster motor vehicles of
the corps troops.
(3) This unit is capable of operating two mobile repair
shops, each shop being capable of providing third echelon mo-
tor maintenance for 750 vehicles, all classes. The organization
of the company into two platoons, each operating one mobile
repair shop, permits echelonment of shops. This permits the
company to keep abreast of repair work in case of forward,
lateral, or retrograde movement of troops being served. (See
c. Gasoline supply company. — A gasoline supply company
provides the facilities for supplying gasoline and oil for
corps troops. The company has a trip-day capacity of 15,-
700 gallons of gasoline and 300 gallons of oil, in 10-gallon
cans, plus small amounts of gear lubricants and grease. The
company is equipped with 26 cargo trucks, 2 1 / 2 -ton, and 22
trailers, 1-ton. (See T/O 10-77.)
d. Service company. — The service company consists of a
company headquarters and two platoons. This company
furnishes the nucleus for the corps general labor pool, pro-
viding men for the operation of quartermaster utilities, han-
dling of such corps reserves as may be loaded on the truck
battalion, and the handling of quartermaster supplies and
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ammunition as directed. It normally moves on the trucks
of the truck battalion (companies).
(1) The company headquarters administers the mess
and supplies, and supervises the labor activities of the com-
pany as a whole.
(2) The two platoons each consist of a lieutenant and
101 enlisted men, of whom 80 are laborers. (See T/O 10-67.)
e. Car platoon. — While not specified as a normal part of
the corps quartermaster service, a platoon of the car com-
pany (with 6 passenger cars and 7 motorcycles, T/O 10-87)
may be attached to provide transportation for corps head-
quarters and motorcycle messenger service for the corps
message center. In such case this platoon probably will
also operate the headquarters garage.
■ 163. General Employment of Corps Quartermaster Serv-
ice. — a. Elements of the corps quartermaster service are
employed as directed by the corps commander.
b. Specific missions of the corps quartermaster service in
a given situation are set forth in the corps administrative
plan, approved by the corps commander. These missions
are carried out pursuant to administrative instructions is-
sued through G-4. Service operations involved are pre-
scribed by the corps quartermaster.
c. The corps quartermaster service is designed primarily
to take care of corps troops and in this respect functions
similarly to the quartermaster regiment of an Infantry
■ 164. Supply. — A. Class I supplies. — (1) The corps quar-
termaster prepares and dispatches the daily telegram for
class I supplies for corps troops to the army quartermaster.
As in the case of a division, the basis of this message- is the
strength report of corps troop units received from the corps
adjutant general. A copy of the daily telegram is sent to
corps G-4 immediately upon its dispatch.
(2) Supplies are received and distributed by the corps
quartermaster in a manner similar to that employed by the
division quartermaster for the infantry regiment (square) .
On arrival at the class I supply railhead, the corps quarter-
master supply officer receives the day's requirements from
the railhead officer, loads, usually by unit, on vehicles of the
truck battalion, and makes delivery to unit distributing
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points of corps troop unitf When this is impracticable,
railhead distribution may be resorted to.
b. Gasoline and oil supply. — The requirements for gaso-
line and oil supply may be Incorporated in the daily tele-
gram. The quantities requisitioned are based upon daily
reports submitted by unit supply officers of corps troops.
All vehicles drawing supplies at army establishments should
secure the gasoline and oil at these points in order that they
may return to the area with their vehicles nearly filled. The
army will have established other gasoline supply points
throughout the area. These may be used by vehicles pass-
ing between the army area and the front lines for resupply
of gasoline. In addition to this, the corps quartermaster is
to provide gasoline and oil in a manner similar to that given
in paragraph 124. There is available for this purpose the
gasoline supply company. When the situation demands it,
sections of this company may be attached to subordinate
divisions in order to supplement their supply facilities. For
example, when one division of the corps is making a wide
envelopment and the distance between supply points and
the using troops is great, it may be necessary to attach one
or more sections of the gasoline supply platoon to that divi-
sion. Special equipment should be provided by the railhead
officer to facilitate unloading of tank cars. Distribution of
gasoline and oil is a continuous process and tank trucks and
containers of the gasoline supply company are to be kept
filled at all times. The corps commander prescribes the
quantities of gasoline and oil to be carried as a reserve for
the corps. Mobile filling stations are habitually established
at both echelons of corps headquarters, at the bivouac of the
truck battalions, and at other convenient points for the serv-
ice of separate vehicles.
c. Other quartermaster supplies. — After approval by their
commanders, supply officers of corps troop units submit req-
uisitions for other quartermaster supplies direct to the corps
quartermaster. If the corps has a credit in the army depot,
the corps quartermaster draws against this credit and ar-
ranges for issue to requiring units of corps troops. If the
corps has no credit, the quartermaster prepares a consolidated
requisition, secures approval of the corps commander, and
presents it to the army quartermaster for the necessary ad-
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ministrative action. Supplies are drawn at the time and place
designated by the army quartermaster and issued to corps
troop units as arranged by the corps quartermaster with
supply officers concerned. Owing to the length of time re-
quired for the preparation and filling of requisitions, delivery
of supplies other than class I through railheads usually is not
satisfactory. The safest and most certain method is delivery
through army depots. Corps motor transportation can usu-
ally draw these supplies at the proper depot. (See FM 10-5.)
■ 165. Transportation. — Motor transport operations are
prescribed by the corps quartermaster, based upon standing
operating procedure for that corps and such orders as may be
issued by the commander, and executed by the corps motor
officer who commands the truck battalion.
a. Motor transportation pool. — (1) The basis of all op-
erations of the motor transport of the corps quartermaster
service is the motor transport pool under the corps motor
officer. Motor vehicles of other corps troop units and their
operating personnel, when not required exclusively for the
service of their own units, may be attached to this pool for
operation in the general passenger and supply movements
of the corps. All or a portion of the quartermaster vehicles
of the divisions may also be assigned to the corps pool.
(2) When all the quartermaster vehicles of a division
are assigned to the pool, the division commander may not use
those vehicles without securing the approval of the corps.
If only a portion of the division quartermaster vehicles are
assigned to the pool, the division commander may use the
vehicles of his division not so assigned but must secure ap-
proval of the corps if the vehicles assigned to the pool are
needed by the division.
(3) The pool may be operated as a physical pool in which
all the vehicles assigned to the pool are bivouacked in one
locality. Another more usual method of operating the pool
is to leave the vehicles assigned to the pool in their bivouacs,
but remaining available to the corps motor officer for assign-
ment to such missions as are required. Those vehicles assigned
to the pool and remaining in their own bivouacs may not be
used by their organizations without prior approval from the
corps motor officer.
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(4) The corps motor officer should maintain a chart or
other ready method of ascertaining the status of the vehicles
of the pool, together with their location. A suitable chart
for maintaining such a record can be made with graph paper,
the vertical scale representing trucks or groups of trucks, the
horizontal scale representing a given period of time. Hori-
zontal lines may then be drawn opposite the trucks for the
period that they are in use.
b. Headquarters garage. — Passenger car and motorcycle
service for corps headquarters, including the message center,
is provided by the headquarters garage. Except for vehicles
assigned to the corps commander and his principal staff offi-
cers, passenger cars and motorcycles of headquarters garage
are operated on a pool basis. The garage is located in the
vicinity of the rear echelon of corps headquarters. In some
situations it may be necessary to. locate a subgarage in the
vicinity of the corps headquarters forward echelon. The
garage should be located in an existing building, if possible,
in order to secure protection from hostile observation and air
c. Prescribed loads. — During combat, when transport is re-
quired for battle service, any prescribed loads in the corps
truck companies may either be dumped at train bivouacs or
placed at the disposal of the proper corps supply service chief.
Quartermaster vehicles engaged in artillery ammunition sup-
ply usually operate on a job assignment basis, the quarter-
master remaining responsible for the operation and main-
tenance of such transport.
d. Bivouac. — Bivouacs should have a good water supply and
afford sufficient hard standings for parking purposes. Truck
companies may bivouac separately. In some instances the
truck companies are bivouacked in the vicinity of the corps
class I supply railhead or railheads. If a truck battalion
(less 2 companies) is provided, the companies may bivouac
as a battalion, provided parking facilities are available and
the situation so requires.
e. Movement. — Coordination of movement of corps quarter-
master transport employed in the service of supply is ex-
ercised by the corps commander through the assistant chief of
staff G— 4. Troop movements and marches are coordinated
through the assistant chief of staff G-3 and directed in field
orders or troop movement orders.
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■ 166. Motor Maintenance. — a. The corps quartermaster serv-
ice is responsible for the operation of third echelon of motor
maintenance for corps troops. This includes unit replace-
ment, motor supply, and motor salvage. Motor maintenance
is in the direct charge of the corps motor maintenance officer.
Unit replacement, motor salvage operations, and distribution
of motor equipment and supplies are performed by the light
b. Unit replacement shops are established by the light
maintenance company separately or in groups. Shops are
to be located convenient to the bivouac or bivouacs of the
truck battalion. When unit replacement shops serving the
truck battalion are not located so as to facilitate prompt
service of other corps troop units, particularly the corps ar-
tillery, separate shops are to be established in order to serve
such units. In combat situations, a platoon of a light main-
tenance company may be attached temporarily to the corps
■ 167. Labor. — The service company furnishes the personnel
for the operation of quartermaster utilities and the handling
of loads carried on the truck companies and is the nucleus of
the corps labor pool. Normally this company moves with
the truck companies and bivouacs convenient to it. When
available, service platoons may be attached to divisions to
reinforce the division labor pool and to perform the labor
necessary in connection with burial.
■ 168. Marchers. — When on the march, vehicles and units of
the corps quartermaster service are assigned to columns in
accordance with their normal rate of march. The truck
companies and light maintenance company and the gasoline
supply company may be marched as one organization or by
separate units. The car platoon moves with the corps head-
quarters. The service company usually moves with the truck
■ 169. Utility Services. — a. Utility services of the corps
quartermaster service may be briefly classified as follows:
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b. Salvage utility service includes mobile and portable es-
tablishments set up by attached supply units, such as laundry,
sterilization and bath, salvage collecting, and shoe and textile
repair companies. They operate under an assistant to the
supply officer, designated as the salvage officer. Transporta-
tion utility service includes all motor maintenance units.
The general utility service includes all other quartermaster
units performing utility work and not otherwise classified.
■ 170. Graves Registration. — a. The graves registration
officer is detailed from available officers of the corps quar-
termaster service and serves as such under the general super-
vision of the chief of the administrative division. The graves
registration officer is charged with all graves registration and
mortuary matters pertaining to corps troops.
b. Personnel required for registration and other adminis-
trative work is provided by the administrative division. The
labor required for burial duty is furnished from combat troops
or from the quartermaster service company, while the neces-
sary transportation is detailed from the truck battalion.
c. In situations where the administrative personnel of the
corps quartermaster service is inadequate to perform the
registration work required, a graves registration unit may
be attached by the army, the size of which is determined by
d. In battle, a graves registration and burial detachment
is stationed at the clearing station for corps troops. Another
detachment operates from the corps troops cemetery. Col-
lections are made at unit aid stations and from burial collect-
ing stations established during the search of the battlefield.
One additional service company is required to handle the
average burial requirements of corps troops during battle
where burial is performed by the quartermaster service.
■ 171. Salvage. — a. Field salvage is a function of the supply
division, performed under the supervision of an officer of the
quartermaster service detailed as salvage officer.
b. The salvage officer arranges for the systematic routine
collection of salvage at unit distributing points for class I
supplies or other collecting points, and its evacuation to the
railhead for corps troops or to a sorting station. Salvage
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which can be used by the corps may be retained for issue.
All other salvaged material is evacuated to communications
zone depots for reclamation.
c. Salvage operations of the corps quartermaster service
are performed by detachments of the service battalion espe-
cially assigned to such work. Special salvage units may be
attached for duty under the corps quartermaster. These
units include detachments of salvage collecting companies,
laundry companies, and sterilization and bath companies.
d. No reclamation facilities are established in the corps.
■ 172. Movements by Rail. — a. The corps quartermaster is
concerned with the movement by rail of corps troops or of
units thereof. When such a movement is ordered, the corps
quartermaster arranges through the designated shipping
quartermaster or, if none is designated, direct with the
agent of the military railway service for the transportation
requirements of corps troops and for detailed information
with reference to entraining points and train schedules. (See
b. The corps quartermaster Is responsible for arranging
for the provision of ramps and permanent loading details at
entraining and detraining points to assist corps troops in
loading heavy mobile equipment.
c. The corps quartermaster usually assists G-3 In the prep-
aration of the entraining table for corps troops, which is
issued as an annex to the field order. (See PM 10-5 and
■ 173. Composition. — a. The independent corps differs from
the corps as part of an army only in that It is responsible
for the administration, supply, and evacuation of all troops
in the corps, and functions in this respect the same as an
army, while in the corps as part of an army the corps Is
responsible, in general, for the administration, supply, and
evacuation of corps troops only. To permit the independent
corps to perform its additional functions of administration,
supply, and evacuation, it is necessary to reinforce its organic
corps troops with service troops from higher echelons.
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b. The quartermaster service of the Independent corps
consists of the organic quartermaster service of the corps
and such reinforcing quartermaster personnel and units as
are necessary to furnish a quartermaster service for the
corps as a whole.
c. In general, it might be said that reinforcing quarter-
master personnel detachments and units which may be re-
quired to operate the quartermaster service of the independ-
ent corps include the units similar to those attached to the
army. (See FM 10-5 and 100-10.)
■ 174. Quartermaster of Independent Corps. — a. The quar-
termaster of the independent corps has the following func-
tions to perform:
(1) Special staff duties.
(2) The quartermaster service for corps troops.
(3) A quartermaster service for the corps as a whole.
(4) Command of all corps organic and attached quar-
b. The quartermaster of an independent corps functions
the same as the quartermaster of an army. (See FM 10-5.)
■ 175. Headquarters Corps Quartermaster Service. — a. The
office of the corps quartermaster is charged with the super-
vision and direction of all quartermaster activities pertain-
ing to the corps as a whole. The corps quartermaster's office
is located at the rear echelon of corps headquarters.
b. The executive officer assists the corps quartermaster in
the performance of his special staff duties and is second in
command of the corps quartermaster service.
c. (1) The office of the corps quartermaster is divided into
three main divisions as follows: administrative, supply, and
(2) The administrative division, under its chief, is responsi-
ble for the preparation of the plans and orders of the corps
quartermaster. It administers personnel, graves registra-
tion and burial activities, and the quartermaster general
labor pool. It also maintains the office of record for the sorps
(3) The supply division, under the quartermaster supply
officer, is charged with the provision and distribution of all
quartermaster supplies (except motor transport supplies and
equipment), animal replacements, and the control of at-
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tached supply units. Supply depots, under the corps quarter-
master, operate under the direct control of this division.
(4) The transportation division operates under the
quartermaster transportation officer and administers all
transportation activities of the corps quartermaster service.
These include the shipment of troops and supplies by rail,
water, or motor transport, the employment of the corps
motor pool, the Inspection and third echelon maintenance of
quartermaster motor vehicles of corps troops, and motor
maintenance and supply for the corps as a whole.
■ 176. Operations. — When an army corps is detached from
an army for both operation and administration, it becomes
in effect a small army and, therefore, is responsible for its
own supply and evacuation. Quartermaster supply instal-
lations, similar in character to those prescribed for the army,
are operated by the corps. In most situations it is not
necessary to establish more than one quartermaster depot
for class II and class IV supplies. Two depots may be re-
quired for class III supplies. Class I supplies are handled
in a manner similar to that outlined for the army in chapter
9. The same general types of supply installations, rail-
heads, depots, and distributing points are used in supplying
the independent corps. (See PM 100-10 and 10-5.)
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 177
■ 177. Organization of Quartermaster Service. — a. In order
to provide a nucleus for the performance oi quartermaster
services to the army, a quartermaster section is provided
for in the army headquarters. This section is organized as
HEADQUARTERS FIELD ARMY
58 enlisted men
Major general- -
Major,. _ ___
The enlisted men of the office of the army quartermaster's
office perform clerical duties and are attached to the army
headquarters company for the purpose of military adminis-
tration and messing.
b. The normal attachments of quartermaster units from
GHQ to a field army constitute the army quartermaster
service, as follows:
One regiment, truck, T/O 10-51.
Three battalions, light maintenance, T/O 10-25.
One battalion, gasoline supply, T/O 10-75.
One company, car, T/O 10-87.
One company, depot (motor transport), T/O 10-48.
One company, depot (supply), T/O 10-227.
One battalion, sterilization and bath, T/O 10-175.
Six battalions, service (labor), T/O 10-65.
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These units provide supply and transportation service to the
army troops and are available for reattachment to the corps
and/or divisions of the army. (See FM 10-5.)
c. In some situations it may be necessary to attach
additional quartermaster troops to the army.
d. The duties and functions of the army quartermaster
service are similar to those outlined for the division and
corps in paragraphs 118, 119, and 162. (See FM 10-5.)
■ 178. Organization of Army Quartermaster's Office. — The
army quartermaster's office may be organized in a manner
similar to that for the division and corps as respectively out-
lined in paragraphs 121 and 162. The army quartermaster
heads the quartermaster section of the field army headquar-
ters. Each of the three divisions of this office is headed by
a colonel, and sufficient personnel is provided to handle the
administrative details. If, in any situation, the volume of
work becomes too great to be handled by one division, it may
be necessary to create additional divisions, such as a utility
division, which will supervise the operations of all
quartermaster utilities within the army.
■ 179. Operations. — a. Class I and class III supplies. — Class
I and class III supplies are usually provided on an automatic
daily basis. Calls for class I and class III supplies are made
by means of the daily telegram. Division and corps quarter-
masters prepare and send to the army quartermaster the
daily telegram pertaining to their respective units. The army
quartermaster prepares a consolidated daily telegram, includ-
ing provisions for the army troops, and dispatches it to the
regulating officer. This officer, through his quartermaster
supply officer, notifies the designated depot of the communi-
cations zone (or zone of the interior) to forward the required
supplies. These depots make up the shipments as required
and dispatch them to the regulating station where the sup-
plies are sorted and prepared for shipment to the various
division, corps, and army railheads. The distribution of sup-
plies from army railheads is identical to that outlined for
the division in chapter 6.
b. Class II and class IV supplies. — (1) Class II and class IV
supplies are usually made available to the army in the form
of credits at designated communications zone depots. When
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credits are established for an army in communications zone
depots, calls are made as necessary by the army quarter-
master service directly upon the proper communications zone
depot or through the quartermaster supply officer at the
regulating station. If sent directly to the communications
zone depot, a copy is sent to the regulating officer for his
information. Shipments are made at the depots and dis-
patched through the regulating station to the proper army
quartermaster supply establishment. The army may send
motor transportation to the depot to draw the supplies when-
ever the situation warrants such action. The army may
further reallocate to the division and corps troops such credits
of these classes as may have been set up for the army. When
credits are so established, division and corps troops may make
calls as required direct to the proper communications zone
depot through the division or corps quartermaster service.
In addition, the army may establish credits for the division
and corps troops in army depots. Calls may be made by divi-
sion and corps quartermaster services in the same manner
as outlined above for communications zone credits. In either
instance, division and corps transportation may be sent direct
to the depot for the desired supplies, in which case they do
not pass through the regulating station.
(2) If credits have not been established, supply is on a
requisition basis. Under these circumstances supply officers
for division and corps troops submit requisitions approved by
their unit commanders direct to the army quartermaster
where the requisitions are filled either from available stocks
in army quartermaster depots or extracted to the communica-
tions zone depots.
c. Class V supplies. — Class V supplies are normally- made
available in the form of credits at designated supply points
for a stated period or operation. The quartermaster is con-
cerned with Class V supplies only because the quartermaster
service may frequently be called upon to furnish transporta-
tion for movement of ammunition.
d. Salvage. — The initial collection of salvage rests with the
various units within the army area and it is then collected
by the division, corps, or army quartermasters at railheads
or other salvage collecting points. The salvage at these points
is sorted and prepared for shipment to salvage depots in the
communications zone. Those articles that may be repaired
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locally are retrined in the area and the repairs accomplished
as soon as possible. In order to provide for the reception,
sorting, and shipment of salvage, it may be necessary to
attach to the army one or more salvage collecting companies.
e. Gasoline and oil. — See FM 10-5.
■ 180. Stockage. — Hie level of supplies of the several classes
to be established and maintained in the army service will
be determined by the army commander based on many con-
siderations, such as status of credits, length, vulnerability, and
capacity of lines of communication, tactical (strategical) lines
of action under consideration, and status of supply within
subordinate units. The minimum stockage will consist of 1
day of class I supply and sufficient motor fuel and lubricants
to resupply all vehicles for 1 day's maximum activity (class
III) . Items of pssentia' combat supplies of classes II and TV
usually will be stocked in quantities sufficient to replace ex-
penditures for 1 or 2 days of operations. (See also FM 100-10
■ 181. Service at Army Supply Points. — The army quarter-
master service furnishes a commander, staff, and the techni-
cally trained personnel required for the operation of each
quartermaster supply point stocked with supplies for the
procurement and distribution of which it is responsible.
Labor and trucks are detailed from the army pool as re-
quired. Service personnel operating with the army not only
stock supply points but also load trucks dispatched for re-
filling from divisions and from army and corps troops. (See
FM 100-10 an-* J.0-5.)
■ 182. Location of Depots. — As the bulk of supplies shipped
into army installations usually arrives by rail, the unloading
point for depots must be at points on the rail net affording
the necessary siding facilities. In the interest of safety
against hostile air bombardment, supplies should be dispersed
as rapidly as possible. This may be accomplished either by
utilizing many railroad sidings or by unloading railroad cars
promptly and dispersing supplies in small groups accessible
to roads throughout a large area. The latter method not
only furnishes protection but may also facilitate issues to
the troops. If the railroad unloading point for any depot
is too far to the rear to support adequately the combat troops,
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the depot should be advanced from the unloading point far
enough to be within reach of the unit trains. To provide
protection, the operations described above will frequently
have to be carried out during periods of low visibility, or at
night without lights. (See PM 10-5 and 100-10.)
■ 183. Army Depots. — a. Army depots should not be estab-
lished unless the situation clearly demands such establish-
ments, for the army should normally look to the communica-
tions zone for replenishment of supplies through railheads
or other supply points.
b. Army depots are wasteful of labor and materiel; labor,
because it operates under adverse conditions without labor
saving devices and where abnormal storage conditions will
usually be found; materiel, because in the rehandling of
supplies there is bound to be deterioration or breaking of
c. Any army depot should, except in particularly long
stabilized situations, be considered as merely a transfer point
for the transportation, rehandling, and sorting facilities
sufficient for the prompt and orderly transfer of supplies to
the trains of the combat units. Reserve stocks should be
held to a minimum. However, it will probably be normal to
maintain from 2 to 4 days of reserve stocks in an army area,
of which there will be from 1 to 3 days available in the army
d. In the early stages of campaign, before a communica-
tions zone is organized, army depots may be established as the
first echelon of supply to fill the current needs of the troops.
These depots then become, in effect, advance depots.
e. Organisation. — An army depot, being a branch depot,
should be organized in a manner similar to that of any other
branch depot. See figure 16 showing the possible set-up of
an army quartermaster supply depot. The administrative
division provides the necessary personnel to administer to
the needs of the depot. The supply division provides trained
personnel for receiving, storing, and issuing supplies. The
depot division provides trained personnel for the entire house-
keeping of the depot, including messing, operation of motor
transport, maintenance, and repair, including roads of tha
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/. Personnel for operating army quartermaster depots is
provided by a depot (supply) company, that is normally
attached to the army. This organization provides the cleri-
cal and administrative personnel incident to operating the
depot, while the labor required at the depot is supplied by
the quartermaster service regiments that are attached to
g. Field remount depots. — If the military situation demands
a large number of animals with an army, it will be necessary
to have attachments of field remount squadrons in order
to operate the necessary field remount depots that may be
established. The supply of animals through these depots
may be either through the medium of credits or by requisi-
tion. In either case the using unit will send detachments
to remount depots to draw the animals when ready for
issue and transport them to their respective organizations.
In some situations animals may be shipped by rail. The
attachment of any quartermaster units will be dependent
upon the situation. (See PM 100-10 and 10-5.)
■ 184. Establishments. — See FM 10-5.
■ 185. Fundamentals Governing Lay-Outs. — a. In laying out
a depot the fundamental of dispersion should be given para-
mount consideration. Figure 17 shows a schematic lay-out
for a depot. This takes full advantage of the road net, use
of rail unloading facilities, storage in buildings, and disper-
sion of open storage facilities. Trains deliver to Point A,
where supplies are transferred to motor or animal transpor-
tation and taken to the proper storage point, such as items
of clothing to Point B. Units drawing supplies send their
vehicles to the parking space "C", and the vehicles are con-
cealed there while the unit train commander proceeds to the
office, Point D. As soon as he has submitted his requisition
and received his instructions as to where the supplies will be
drawn, he proceeds to the parking area, directs his vehicles
to the proper loading point, B, if he is to draw clothing,
loads, and after loading, returns via out-bound route to his
b. It must be borne in mind that the fundamentals in the
operation of any army depot are "speed" and "simplicity."
The following are some of the important matters that should
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be considered in laying out an army quartermaster supply
(1) Lay-out should be so arranged as to effect maximum
speed in delivery.
(2) It should have sufficient trackage for incoming trains.
(3) Keep main railway lines clear at all times.
(4) Trackage to be for transit only. Do not attempt to
store on or near tracks.
(5) Have one or two buildings for storage of small and
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(6) Plots used for storage to be raised from 6 to 12
(7) Store on dunnage and cover with camouflaged tar-
(8) Keep area well drained.
(9) Do not store over 6 feet in height. Higher storage
will throw shadows visible in air photographs.
(10) Storage of goods should be staggered to avoid loss
of entire stock of any one article in case of enemy bombing.
(See also PM 10-5 and 100-10.)
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Section I. Air Force
■ 186. General. — For mission and general duties in an air
base depot, see FM 10-5.
■ 187. Quartermaster Troops with Air Force. — a. The quar-
termaster corps troops assigned to an air force are organized
into a quartermaster service consisting of a special staff sec-
tion at each of the headquarters of the command, such as air
base, wing, and air force; a separate quartermaster company
(air base) for each air base established; and certain truck,
light maintenance, and service units. The units are organized
into companies, battalions, and regiments for command con-
trol and operations, depending on the location, composition,
and strength of the air force to be served. (See fig. 18 and
b. The special staff or quartermaster section at each head-
quarters is organized and operates similar to the quarter-
master section of a division, corps, or army headquarters.
The officer who commands the quartermaster section of an
air base headquarters is called the air base quartermaster;
that of a wing, the wing quartermaster; and that of an air
force, the air force quartermaster.
c. The quartermaster company, separate (air base), T/O
10-357, provides the necessary personnel for the operation of
all the quartermaster corps facilities at an air base and a
mobile unit for the establishment and operation of such
field facilities as are required. It augments the quartermaster
personnel at other established air bases when needed, and
furnishes the necessary distributing point details within the
air base areas occupied. The company is composed of a
company headquarters and four platoons. Its organization
and duties are —
(1) Company headquarters. — Performs the usual company
(2) Headquarters platoon. — Provides the necessary per-
sonnel for the operation of the air base quartermaster's
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office for the administration of all quartermaster corps fa-
cilities of the air base. It performs such administrative
duties as personnel, fiscal, mail, records, cemeterial, real
estate including leasing, quartering of troops, purchase, and
(3) Supply platoon. — Provides personnel for the procure-
ment, warehousing, and issue of quartermaster corps sup-
plies and equipment to include fuel, gasoline and lubricants
for motor vehicles, general supplies, clothing and equipage,
subsistence and ice, and salvage.
(4) Transportation platoon. — Provides personnel for the
operation and maintenance of the air base (base airdrome)
motor, rail, animal, and water transportation including tech-
nical inspection and excepting third echelon of motor main-
tenance for motor vehicles. It establishes and operates the
base airdrome motor transport pool.
d. The quartermaster company, supply aviation (T/O
10-367), is composed of the usual company headquarters,
a depot platoon, a refilling point platoon, and a distributing
point platoon. The total strength of the company depends
upon the strength of the depot platoon, refilling point pla-
toon, and distributing point platoon. The total strength
indicated includes 3 depot sections, 4 refilling point sections,
and 50 distributing point sections. The depot platoon is or-
ganized to handle 3 depot sections which may be widely
separated. For training purposes, detachments of the com-
pany are assigned by air force commanders to air bases.
These detachments augment the air base quartermaster sec-
tions of the corps area service command.
(1) Company headquarters. — Performs the normal com-
pany administrative duties.
(2) Depot platoon. — Provides personnel for the operation
of the quartermaster section of the air force air base, a
quartermaster class I supply depot, and a quartermaster
class in supply depot. If one or more of these sections is
not required, the strength of the platoon will be reduced
(3) Refilling point platoon. — Provides personnel for the
establishment, operation, and maintenance of refilling points
for class I and class in supplies in each air base area as
required, and Its strength may vary accordingly.
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(4) Distributing point platoon. — Provides personnel for
two-man distributing point sections for each combat and
headquarters squadron. The strength of the platoon varies
with the number of distributing sections required. One sec-
tion is required for each combat and headquarters squadron
in the air force. The normal strength for purpose of plan-
ning is 100.
e. Truck companies. — Quartermaster truck battalions are
normally assigned at the rate of one per wing. If more than
one battalion is assigned they will be organized into a regi-
ment of two or more battalions, depending on the number.
The number of truck companies assigned to a battalion is
determined by the number of combat groups assigned to
a wing on the basis of one truck company per combat group
assigned. The truck companies are charged with the general
movement of supplies and troops between refilling and dis-
tributing points, especially the transportation of aviation
gasoline and lubricants and ammunition. They augment the
motor vehicles assigned to tactical organizations of the air
force in the transportation of troops, baggage, and field
equipment by convoy during cross-country operations.
/. Light maintenance companies. — These are assigned nor-
mally one per wing and are charged with the operation of
motor repair shops, both air base and mobile field, for the
third echelon of motor maintenance of all motor vehicles
assigned to organizations of the air force. It makes the
necessary technical inspections of motor vehicles.
fir. Service companies. — Quartermaster service companies
(labor) are normally assigned at the rate of one per wing.
Two or more companies are organized into a service battalion
which provides the necessary labor personnel for the han-
dling of all classes of supplies within the air base areas, and
the operation of labor pools.
■ 188. Operations. — a. Operation of Quartermaster facili-
ties. — Within each air base area designated by the air force
commander, quartermaster personnel already assigned to the
air base is available, augmented by the mobile field units from
the separate quartermaster companies (air base) assigned
to other air bases; truck, maintenance, and labor units as
determined by the air force commander operate the quarter-
master facilities at air base establishments.
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE JN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 188
(1) Air base airdrome. — This is an Air Corps establishment
assigned to the air force and contains the flying field and all
installations and facilities for operations, maintenance, and
supply of troops and their equipment. It is normally a one-
group or two-group station and is under the command of an
air base commander with his headquarters thereat. When
time and space are factors in the distribution of supplies from
the zone of the interior or communications zone depots, an
air force depot is established at the air base airdrome under
the command of the air base commander. It is a general
depot and contains a quartermaster section which is oper-
ated by the air base quartermaster with personnel from the
separate quartermaster company (air base). The air force
commander designates the level at which stocks of quarter-
master corps supplies will be maintained. (See also FM
(2) Sub-air base airdromes. — In an air base area where
transportation facilities are limited or distances too great for
proper distribution by quartermaster truck units, one or more
sub-base airdromes are established by the air base com-
mander for, the distribution of quartermaster class I supplies
and certain designated items of classes II, III, and IV supplies
when air transports from the air base are inoperative. Quar-
termaster personnel from the mobile field unit of the separate
quartermaster company (air base) , and truck and labor units
are placed thereat for the handling and issue of these supplies
to combat units at designated distributing points. It is com-
manded by a representative of the air base commander and
functions as a small air force depot. (See FM 100-5.)
(3) Quartermaster class I holding and recoiisignment
point. — Where quartermaster class I supplies cannot be ob-
tained direct from convenient quartermaster distributing
agencies of the zone of the interior and communications zone
or commercial distributing agencies, a quartermaster class I
supplies rail holding and reconsignment point is established
on a railroad where these supplies are made up daily for dis-
tribution to troops at designated distributing points either
by rail or by quartermaster truck units assigned to the air
force. A representative from the air base commander and
a representative from the air base transportation office with
necessary personnel for the handling and distribution of
supplies is placed thereat. (See also FM 100-10.)
(4) Supply points. — Supply points for aviation gasoline
and oil, ordnance ammunition and bombs, chemical sup-
plies to include decontamination equipment, and engineer
materials are established in the air base area as needed and
operated by their respective services under the air base com-
mander concerned. The number and type will depend on the
particular requirements of the troops served, terrain, trans-
portation facilities available, and the location of the zone of
the interior or communications zone depots. Quartermaster
personnel to include truck and labor units of the air force
assigned to the air base by the air force commander are
conveniently placed for the proper handling and transporting
of these supplies from the supply points to distributing or
other points for issue to combat troops.
(5) Distributing points. — See FM 10-5 and 100-10.
b. Distribution of quartermaster supplies. — See FM 10-5.
■ 189. General Functions. — See FM 10-5.
■ 190. Quartermaster, GHQ. — See FM 101-5 and 10-5 and
■ 191. Organization.— See FM 10-5.
■ 192. Establishment. — See FM 10-5.
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 193-194
Section I. Assigned motor transport
ASSIGNED MOTOR TRANSPORT
■ 193. General. — Details covering motor movements are
found in FM. 100-10, 101-10, 25-10, and 10-5.
■ 194. Discussion. — a. Regulating point. — A regulating
point is a point where an incoming motor transport column
is separated into detachments for entrucking groups. It
should be an easily recognizable terrain feature where the
selected routes through the entrucking or detrucking areas
diverge. It should be at or near the road intersection nearest
the entrucking area so that the truck groups will arrive at
the entrucking point from the direction desired. The dis-
tances truck groups must travel under decentralized control
should be reduced to a minimum.
6. Initial point. — An initial point is a point where two or
more motor groups are brought under the control of the
column commander. It should be an easily recognized terrain
feature on the route the column is to follow and at a point
on this route at which truck groups converge to form a
c. Entrucking points. — Entrucking points are the points
where the head of a truck column halts for the entrucking of
troops and materiel. They should be easily recognized ter-
rain features on the selected routes through the entrucking
area. They should be at or near the bivouac or assembly
area of the troops to be transported, preferably on the side
of the area toward the initial points. They should be so
selected that the distances necessary for troops to march for
entrucking is reduced to a minimum.
d. Entrucking groups. — Entrucking groups consist of troops,
materiel, and supplies entrucked at one entrucking point.
(See also PM 25-10.)
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e. Routes. — The routes followed through any area will be
the shortest routes available and will require the minimum
of marching by the troops.
/. Work sheet. — In preparing a work sheet, the entrucking
groups should be numbered serially in the order they will
leave the area.
(1) These groups should be entered in column 1 on the
(2) Column 2 gives the number of trucks assigned to each
(3) Column 3 indicates the length of the motor transport
columns in minutes.
(4) The time the head of each truck group passes the
regulating point is entered in column 4.
(5) The time distances from the regulating point to the
entrucking point are entered in column 5. This computation
is derived by measuring the distance between the two points
and converting it into minutes based upon the rate of march.
(6) Column 6 shows the hour the head of each group
arrives at the entrucking point and is computed by adding
column 5 to column 4.
(7) Column 7 shows the time distances from the entruck-
ing point to the initial point in terms of minutes.
(8) The earliest that the head of the column can pass the
initial point is equal to the time of the arrival, plus the total
delay of all groups at the regulating point, plus the time of
the longest route through the area, plus 30 minutes for in-
spection and entrucking. This time as computed should be
entered in column 8 for the first group. The time each suc-
ceeding group passes the initial point is equal to the time the
first group passes, plus the time length of each preceding
(9) The hour the head of each group leaves the entrucking
point (column 9) is determined by substracting column 7
from column 8.
(10) Column 10 gives the hour the entrucking should begin,
and is found by subtracting 15 minutes from the times entered
in column 9. (See also FM 25-10.)
g. Entrucking table. — The data from the work sheet may be
entered under its proper column in the entrucking table. As
this is an annex to the field order, care should be exercised
in placing the number of the annex and field order in the
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 194-196
table and that it is signed or authenticated by the proper.staff
officers. (See FNL 101-5.)
■ 195. General. — A shuttle movement is a movement of a
partially motorized unit in which all or part of the trucks
are required to make successive trips to complete the move-
ment of the armament, equipment, and personnel of the unit.
Its purpose is to utilize the available transportation to the
greatest practicable extent in order to make movements in
minimum time. It also conserves the energy of troops and
makes possible the moving of units greater distances.
o. The pooling of all means of transport within subordinate
units to the extent required is necessary in shuttling opera-
tions. Sufficient trucks should be pooled, when available, to
complete the movement in three trips or less.
b. Shuttling movements are of two general types. One, in
which the foot elements are transported the entire distance
in motors, and the Other in which the foot elements march
part of the distance and are transported the remaining dis-
tance. Movements of the first type are, in effect, a series
of movements by motor transportation, the unit being di-
vided into serials to conform to the accommodations which
are available in the trucks. (See EM 25-10.)
■ 196. Planning and Preparation. — a. Preparation for shuttle
movements includes timely issue of warning orders, recon-
naissance, determination of the formation for the movement,
and field orders as in other methods of marching. Addi-
tional preparation in shuttling requires allotment of vehicles
and designation of assembly points therefor. The allotment
of vehicles requires shifting the means of transport from one
unit to another. A determination of which units of the com-
mand should furnish trucks for the movement of other units
is made by reference to tables of transportation on hand in
the several components of the command. The commander
designates a part of all specific classes of vehicles as available
for pooling after an estimate of the tactical and supply re-
quirements of the situation in conjunction with the following
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(1) . Vehicles required in the maintenance of mobility, such
as gasoline and oil supply vehicles, motor maintenance ve-
hicles, road building vehicles, and the requirements of
motorized security detachments.
(2) Vehicles required in the exercise of command, such as
radio trucks and other cargo trucks used for communication.
(3) Vehicles required for combat purposes, such as anti-
aircraft trucks, trucks of antimechanized units and weapon
and ammunition carriers of units not a component of
advance or flank security detachments.
(4) Vehicles required for supply purposes, such as am-
munition, kitchen, medical aid station, and general cargo
(5) Vehicles that may be attached from a higher unit and
the time and place they are to be released.
b. Shuttling movements follow the procedure for troop
movements by assigned motor transport as outlined in PM
100-10 and 101-10. Certain factors outlined below, however,
must be considered in planning shuttling movements. Some
or all of the motors must make at least two round trips,
necessitating turn-arounds, that is, reversing the direction of
movement of the motor column. Therefore, a preliminary
road reconnaissance is essential in order that suitable road
circuits for this purpose may be selected. It may be neces-
sary for the motor column to leave the prescribed route of
mar«h for short distances for the purpose of turning around.
In this case, the added distance traveled by the trucks must
be considered in computing the time distance for the trip.
c. If foot troops are to be picked up en route, the move-
ments of the motors and foot elements must be so timed
as to bring them to the entrucking point at approximately
the same time.
d. It may be necessary to drop the normal loads of certain,
or all, of the trucks in order to make the shuttling movement.
Time must be allowed for this in planning. (See also FM.
■ 197. Composition of Serials. — a. In situations in which the
tactical requirements are paramount, the composition of
serials should be such as best meet these requirements while
the convenience of the troops receives secondary considera-
tion. As in other marches, the serials are composed of ele-
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 197-198
ments which move at the same normal rates of speed. In
a shuttling movement it may be necessary to have several
serials of the same type but moving independently of each
other. Thus, in the movement of the regiment there may
be several serials of foot elements. It would be illogical to
march all of these elements in one serial to the entrucking
point en route when only a portion of them can be accom-
modated at one time in the motor transportation available.
The arrangement of the serials involves a consideration of the
commander's general plan for the movement, the length of
the march, the road net, the cargo and troops to be moved
by motor, and the number and capacity of the vehicles avail-
able. These factors having been considered, the order or
priority of movement is then fixed so as to insure the most
b. Because of their limited capacity and because they are
normally needed for the control and service of the movement,
the use of the command and maintenance vehicles for the
transportation of the dismounted elements is not warranted.
Owing to their limited capacity and lack of seats the %-ton
trailers will ordinarily not be used for the transportation of
personnel, although they may be so used in emergency.
c. Certain of the vehicles of regiments have assigned loads.
These loads constitute the cargo to be moved. They consist
of one or several of the following categories:
Whether to transport these loads to the march destination
before or after transporting the dismounted elements will us-
ually depend upon the conditions peculiar to the particular
■ 198. Movement of Serials. — a. It may be possible to ar-
range the order, or priority, of movement of the serials to
suit the convenience of the unit, or it may be necessary to
have them move in a specific order because of conditions be-
yond the control of the commander. When practicable, the
serials should be so arranged that —
(1) The maximum use is made of the motor transportation
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(2) The foot elements are required to march the minimum
distance on foot and without excessively long halts en route
b. In the usual case, the problem of the priority of movement
resolves itself into a consideration of the desirability or neces-
sity of moving the normal loads before or after the foot ele-
ments are transported. In the absence of any conditions
which might render one method more desirable than the
other, one of the following general methods may be followed:
(1) The prescribed loads are initially left at the old bivouac,
and those foot elements which can be accommodated in the
motors available are transported to a prescribed point en
route, whence they continue the march on foot to the march
destination. The trucks then return to a designated en-
trucking point en route, to which the remaining foot ele-
ments, in the meantime, have marched. These are then trans-
ported to the march destination, the trucks returning to the
old bivouac where the normal loads are picked up and trans-
ported to the march destination.
(2) The trucks carrying the normal loads proceed to the
march destination, where the loads are dropped. In the
meantime a serial of foot elements which can be transported
in one trip by the motors marches a prescribed distance on
foot. The trucks return to the entrucking point, pick up
the marching foot elements at -that point, and transport them
to the destination. The trucks again return to the entruck-
ing point, pick up the remaining foot elements which have
marched to the prescribed point, and transport them to the
(3) Clear sufficient transport of prescribed loads in the
old area to completely motorize a well-balanced force, move
the force to its destination and return the necessary number
of empty vehicles to move the remaining troops and cargo to
the new area. This method is applicable to tactical situa-
tions wherein combat is expected prior to the completion of
the movement of the unit.
■ 199. Necessity for Calculations. — a. General. — In order
that the serials may move in accordance with a logical time
schedule, certain preliminary calculations are necessary.
The S-3 of the unit is normally charged with the preparation
of the orders for the movement, and, hence, with making
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the preliminary calculations. Based upon information
gained on reconnaissance or from a map study he selects the
initial point, suitable entrucking or detrucking points, and
turn-arounds for the motors. He makes a tentative arrange-
ment of serials and computes their time lengths. Then using
the speedometer readings made on reconnaissance or by
measuring the distances on the map, he determines the time
distances of the serials to their destinations. In determining
the time distances, he allows adequate time for entrucking,
detrucking, collection or discharge of normal loads, and for
turn-arounds of motor serials and closing-in time. A rea-
sonable safety factor determined on the basis of local con- #
ditions should be injected to cover unforeseen contingencies.
With this information, he is prepared to fix tentatively the
order in which the serials are to move and time of departure
of the various serials from the first initial point, from en-
trucking or detrucking points en route, or for the return
trip of the trucks from the march destination. Should the
route be blocked by cross traffic or be denied the unit for
any period of time, he must so fix the time of departure of
the serials as to avoid interference with crossing or parallel
columns and also to avoid excessively long halts by troops
or transportation en route. When a satisfactory arrange-
ment of serials has been determined and approved by the
commander, the order for the movement is prepared. In
order that the commander may assure himself that the
march, as ordered, is capable of execution, the recommenda-
tions of the S-3_may be presented to him in the form of a
b. For planning purposes an approximation of the time
required may be obtained by application of the formula —
Hours required— Number of snuttles X distance in miles _ T
Speed in miles per hour
7* is a variable representing the time consumed in loading,
unloading, turn-arounds, and closing-in time of the column
in the area of destination, and varies between wide limits.
A reasonably safe value to adopt for T, under average condi-
tions, is 3 hours.
c. In computations of time and space consideration must
be given to the variance in density of vehicles per mile of
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highway in daylight and night movements. Daylight move-
ments should be conducted at an approximate density of 12
vehicles per mile as a passive means of protection against
hostile air operations. Night movements are normally con-
ducted at a density based on a safe driving distance between
vehicles. For night operations at this density computation
should be based on 750 vehicles passing a given point in 1
hour, regardless of the speed employed.
d. Coordination of shuttle movements requires the desig-
nation of initial points on the routes of march assigned, time
each march unit should pass the initial point, the designation
of an assembly area at destination, and the density and speed
of the movement. As in movements by assigned transport,
control points on the routes of march should be established
as required. Depending upon the time available for prepara-
tion and planning, coordination may be exercised through
centralized control or decentralized to subordinate route
e. The turn-around of transport in shuttling movements
may be effected on a road circuit, by a loop turn-around in
a field, or by successive or individual turn-arounds. Choice
of the type of turn- around is dependent upon the tactical
situation, the road net, the type of road, weather, control,
and the state of training of vehicle operators.
■ 200. Shuttle or Large Forces. — In forces larger than a
regiment the organic motors of several of the component units
may be combined to transport the foot elements. For ex-
ample, in an Infantry division the organic motors of two of
the Infantry regiments may be used to transport, in turn,
the foot elements of the regiments the entire distance. These
motors can transport all of the foot elements of one regiment
in one trip. While for the unit being moved, this would be
a movement by motor transport, for the force as a whole it
would be a shuttling movement. (See FM 25-10, 100-5,
100-10, and 101-10.)
■ 201. Typical Bail Movement. — For information and data
see TM 10-375 and FM 101-10.
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OP OPERATIONS 202-204
PLANS, ORDERS, ESTIMATE OF SITUATION, AND
■ 202. General. — The entire operation of the quartermaster
services in any unit is put into effect cthrough the medium of
quartermaster field orders. To provide an understandable
order that covers all th,e details, a plan, known as the quarter-
master plan, should be announced by the senior quartermas-
ter of the unit. This plan is to be based upon an estimate of
the supply situation as affecting the quartermaster services.
In every situation, therefore, first, there should be an estimate
of the situation; second, a plan; and third, a field order.
These may be mental, oral, or written, depending on circum-
stances. (See FM 10-5.)
■ 203. Estimate of Supply Situation. — Every quartermaster
given a mission should make an estimate. In war and in the
field this is known as the quartermaster estimate of the sup-
ply situation. Such an estimate is a thorough study of all
factors, tangible and intangible, that affect the plan, and it
should take into consideration all possible intentions of the
enemy and such contingencies that might affect the plan of
the commander. The estimate of the supply situation is
usually a continuous mental process which leads to a decision.
Where special staff officers are concerned, as, for example,
a quartermaster, the decisions arrived at are often presented
to the commander or his general staff in the form of recom-
mendations. When these recommendations are approved,
they become the basis for the quartermaster plan. (See FM
■ 204. Form for Estimate of Quartermaster Supply and
Evacuation Situation (See Form 3, FM 101-5). — a. Every
written estimate is to show in the upper right-hand corner
the issuing unit, place, date, and hour of the estimate. This
is followed by a list of those maps that are needed for an
understanding of the estimate. Paragraph 1 should discuss
in detail the tactical considerations of our own force and of
the enemy. Subparagraph a should consider the present dis-
positions of the major elements of the command. This usually
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can best be shown on the map. Next, the tactical line of
action that is under consideration; for example, whether
the unit will attack, defend, withdraw, etc. Under this tac-
tical line of action should be considered the probable tactical
developments, for example, in the attack, whether the method
to be employed is an envelopment of the right or left flank,
a penetration, etc. Consideration should be given, also, to
the period these operations are expected to cover, the antici-
pated location of the major elements of the command at stated
intervals during this period, and the probable nature of the
combat during these same intervals. In subparagraph b,
the present dispositions of the major elements of the enemy
command should be discussed, preferably supplemented by
a study of the map. All the major capabilities of the enemy
should be taken into account, with special attention given to
the action of the main force as a whole, for example, whether
the enemy can attack, defend, withdraw, etc., and if so,
where, under the attack, and whether he is capable of en-
veloping our right or left flank or of making a penetration.
Minor capabilities, such as sabotage, air or ground raids, etc.,
likely to affect supply and evacuation, should be studied.
b. In estimating the supply situation the quartermaster, in
paragraph 2, should consider all of the logistical and other
factors, which information can be secured primarily from
other staff officers and G-4. The quartermaster must con-
sider all other supply and evacuation installations in making
his estimate, as they may affect the locations of quartermaster
installations. Therefore, the present location of all supply
and evacuation installations should be shown on the map
and studied. Estimated expenditures of losses during the
period contemplated, quantities of supplies and animal
replacements on hand, en route, and available from local re-
sources, and such credits as may have been established should
be thoroughly studied. An estimate should be made of the
evacuation of surplus supplies, salvaged and captured mate-
riel, and prisoners of war. A complete study of all lines of
communication should be made to include the location, capac-
ity, condition, critical points, availability, and siding and
terminal facilities of all railways within the unit area. Like-
wise, the road net, considering the all-weather roads, sec-
ondary roads and their capacity, condition, critical points, and
availabUity should be taken into account. Under waterways,
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their location, critical points, dockage, and storage facilities
should be carefully considered. All airway terminals, to-
gether with their location and capacity should be included.
Careful thought should be given to the requirements of each
type, quantities of all types, locations, cargo capacity, and
rates of speed of all available transport. The requirements
and quantity of labor available should be included in this
estimate. Under terrain, a careful study should be made as
to its effect upon location of establishments, .security of lines
of communication, and operation of transport. Weather is
an important factor in all military operations and the past,
present, and future weather should be considered. The quar-
termaster should endeavor to secure from the other services
and from G-3 an estimate of the requirements of all trans-
port required by the units.
c. Under paragraph 3 should be listed the several elements
that appear to be feasible and such alternatives that can be
used. A complete discussion of the relative advantages and
disadvantages of each of these elements must be made. This
is usually done conveniently by expressing these elements
under the following headings: Lines of communication, in-
stallations, trains, supplies, transportation, evacuation, labor,
d. In paragraph 4 there should be stated the essential ele-
ments of the quartermaster plan of supply as recommended
to the general staff or the commander. Also, there should
be indicated herein whether or not the plan recommended
will adequately support the tactical plan under considera-
tion, together with such unavoidable supply deficiencies as
may exist. A further statement, showing the effect of possi-
ble major adverse conditions of the plan and the alternative
measures necessary to overcome them or the unavoidable
deficiencies that will arise, should be made.
e. If the estimate is submitted in writing to G-4 or the
commander, it is to be signed by the unit quartermaster.
/. A separate estimate is usually prepared for each pro-
posed line of action, but most of the data will be applicable
to all lines of action. A separate conclusion, however, will
be required. It will seldom be necessary to reduce the entire
estimate to written form. Usually paragraph 4 is all that the
unit quartermaster will submit to the commander or his
general staff for consideration and decision.
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■ 205. Quartermaster Plan. — a. Preparation. — Based upon
the estimate of the quartermaster supply, the unit quarter-
master prepares the quartermaster plan, a form of which is
shown in b below. In considering this plan, all phases
of the quartermaster service are to be given attention. How-
ever, in many instances there may be few, if any; changes
under each of the headings. In such cases, the plan will
include only those points that require changes and for which
orders must be issued.
(1) The location of the railhead and other quartermaster
establishments, such as bakeries, depots, attached units, bath-
ing units, etc., incinerators, and location of division baggage
applicable, should be incorporated in the plan, together with
the employment of all quartermaster units.
(2) Paragraph 4 should embrace the plan of supply ar-
rangements for all classes of supply, including motor main-
tenance and animal replacement. Under this heading there
should be indicated the type of ration to be received, the
period for which it is intended, the source of these supplies,
the method of distribution, the units attached for such supply,
and the location of class I control points.
(3) Paragraph 5 should cover any changes that may be
required in motor maintenance, together with the location
of shops, salvage of vehicles in the unit, evacuation of the
vehicles, and such arrangements as may be made with the
quartermaster of the higher unit with reference to
the vehicles. (See FM 10-5.)
(4) Paragraph 6 should cover the location of the head-
quarters garage and such subgarages as may be selected.
(5) Paragraph 7 should show the method by which units
may secure animal replacements and the location of field re-
mount depots. The assignment and distribution of animals
to units should also be covered in this paragraph.
(6) Under paragraph 8, the question of quartering, to-
gether with such special arrangements, if any, for quarter-
master troops, headquarters of quartermaster units, and
equipment and supplies, should be included, together with the
disposition of all claims arising from the occupancy of real
(7) Paragraph 9 should cover all instructions for collec-
tion and delivery of salvage to collecting points and its
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 205
(8) Paragraph 10 should cover all the details of labor for
collection and burial of the dead, and the location of
(9) Paragraph 11 should include the recommendations of
the quartermaster for the location of all trains for which
he is called upon to make recommendation and such special
Instructions concerning their locations as may be necessary.
(10) Paragraph 12 should cover the location, headquarters,
and bivouacs of all units of the quartermaster services in-
cluding such units as may be attached. There should also
be incorporated In this paragraph the employment of all
units of the quartermaster service. (See FM 101-5.)
&. Suggested form for quartermaster plan.
1. RAILHEAD. — Location recommended.
2. LOCATION QUARTERMASTER ESTABLISHMENTS.— Bakeries,
depots, bathing units, incinerators, etc., if operating for
the division. Location of division baggage if applicable.
3. EMPLOYMENT OF QUARTERMASTER UNITS. — General assign-
ment of all units including attached.
4. QUARTERMASTER SUPPLY ARRANGEMENTS.
a. Class I supply.
(1) Kind: A, B, C, or D ration. What period for
each. Include or exclude hay.
(2) Source: Daily train; division reserve; railhead
(3) Distribution: When, where, how to be delivered
(4) Enumerate units attached for class I supply.
(5) Location of class I control points.
b. Other quartermaster supply, except motor transport and
animal replacements. — Indicate method by which units
c. Third echelon motor maintenance supply. — Indicate
where supplies, spare parts, and unit assemblies may
5. MOTOR MAINTENANCE. — Location of shops; salvage of vehi-
cles of the division; evacuation of vehicles; arrangements
with army quartermaster concerning vehicles. Issue of
spare parts and automotive supplies.
6. ..HEADQUARTERS GARAGE. — Location, and any subgarages to
7. ANIMAL REPLACEMENTS.— Method by which units may pro-
cure, and location of field remount depot. Assignment and
8. QUARTERING. — Special arrangements, if any, for quartermaster
troops, headquarters of quartermaster units, equipment, and
supplies. Disposition of claims.
9. SALVAGE. — Instructions for collection of and delivery to col-
lecting points and disposition.
a. Location of cemeteries.
b. Method of burial with necessary details.
205-206 QUARTERMASTER FIELD MANUAL
11. BIVOUACS OF UNIT TRAINS, INFANTRY, ARTILLERY, AND
ATTACHED CAVALRY. — Recommendation by regiment and
such special Instructions as may be desired.
o. locations, headquarters, and bivouacs.
(1) Regimental headquarters and company.
(2) Each battalion, truck.
(3) Battalion, light maintenance and car.
(4) Service company.
(5) Attached units,
b. Employment of units.
(1) Battalions, truck.
(2) Battalion, light maintenance and car.
(3) Service company.
(4) Attached units.
■ 206. Quartermaster Field Order. — a. General. — Prom the
quartermaster plan the staff of the unit quartermaster issues
the orders necessary to put the plan into effect. Many of
these instructions may be issued in fragmentary form,
either orally or in writing; in other instances, it may be
possible to issue a complete written field order. If the latter
is not possible, a complete written field order covering all
oral and written fragmentary orders should be published
confirming all previous instructions.
b. Form for quartermaster field order.
Date and hour
Maps: (Including administrative map, If Issued, showing it to be a
a. Enemy. — Location; strength; dispositions; etc.
b. Own forces.
(1) Tactical plan of whole command as contained in
paragraph 2 of the division field order and such
other Information as the quartermaster regiment
will require to perform its mission.
(2) Extracts from the division administrative plan or
order which affect the quartermaster activities,
in sequence, and to include only those which
have been changed, such as —
Class I railhead and time of opening.
Time of arrival of dally train.
Supply points and distributing points that
may affect the quartermaster regiment.
Division cemetery and burial.
Traffic restrictions or control.
Rear boundary of the division.
Bivouacs of service troops and trains, except
the quartermaster regiment.
Rear echelon division headquarters.
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 206
2. Mission and general plan of operation of the quartermaster regi-
ment, including general instructions, such as movement to
bivouac areas, time and order of march, route, general bivouac
3. a. Instructions in a separate lettered subparagraph for each
unit and attached units,
b. Instructions for two or more units or the regiment as a
whole, to be placed in paragraph x.
i. Administrative details pertaining to the interior administrative
operations of the regiment such as —
a. Rations, time, place, and method of issue.
b. Bivouacs for each unit.
5. a. Command posts of quartermaster regiment, battalions,
service company, and attached units,
b. Location of division quartermaster's office.
Note. — Refer to administrative map and annexes whenever pos-
sible in preparation of the field order.
(See IM 101-5.)
c. Annexes to accompany field orders.
Annex No. Labor
To accompany Quartermaster Field Order No. — , Date —
206-207 QUARTERMASTER FIELD MANUAL
Annex No. Transport
To accompany Quartermaster Field Order No. — , Date —
Class I supplies
Report to railhead
Ammunition, troop movements, and miscellaneous transport
Report to —
■ 207. Reports. — The quartermaster of each unit renders
reports, as directed by the headquarters to which he is
attached, covering all quartermaster operations or activities.
Such reports are usually rendered daily, but may cover longer
periods. Among the reports submitted will be a complete
report, including information concerning the strength of the
quartermaster regiment, casualities, and stragglers; the lo-
cation of the various units of the regiment; location of
installations such as quartermaster distributing points, col-
lecting points, and division cemeteries; and a statement of
the status of quartermaster supply, transportation, salvage,
evacuation of salvage, burials, and other quartermaster ac-
tivities. The form of the quartermaster report is similar
to the G-4 periodic report (Form 18) shown in FM 101-5.
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS 208-211
PROTECTION OP POOD SUPPLIES AGAINST
■ 208. General. — For defense and protection against chemi-
cal attack see FM 21-40.
■ 209. Packages. — a. Foodstuffs are packaged in various ways,
such as in hermetically sealed glass bottles and tins, which
afford maximum protection against gas, and in sacks (which
are normally used for sugar, flour, etc.) , which afford a mini-
mum amount of protection. Procurement of foodstuffs should
be made of items packaged in a material which gives the
maximum protection against chemicals. As an example,
waxed and grease-proof papers are superior to ordinary
b. Complete protection against all forms of chemicals is
afforded by airtight bottles and sealed tins. Complete pro-
tection against vapor and small amounts of liquid is af-
forded by sealed wooden barrels, such as those used for the
storage of vinegar, pickles, etc. Good protection against
vapor and liquid is afforded to foodstuffs packaged in oilskin,
waxed cartons, and greaseproof paper. Limited protection
only is afforded against vapor and no protection is afforded
against liquid for foodstuffs packaged in thin cardboard and
ordinary papers. No protection is afforded to foodstuffs
packaged in ordinary sacks.
■ 210. Storage. — Gasproof shelters should be used for the
storage of food supplies in the field. The degree of protec-
tion against gas of a warehouse or other place where food-
stuffs are stored is dependent upon the type of foodstuff
which is stored and the container in which it is packaged.
Warehouses which cannot be adjusted to afford good protec-
tion against gas should be used for the storage of the better-
packaged foodstuffs. Cold storage plants of up-to-date con-
struction are extremely satisfactory and should need no
further gasproofing construction, owing to the fact that they
are provided with tightly fitting doors and other means of
excluding the air. Warehouses of ordinary construction must
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efully examined. Exits and entrances should be re-
to a minimum. The ones being kept in use should be
provided with air locks and the remainder should be sealed.
Where a large warehouse containing several rooms or sections
is used, each room or section should be shut off from the
other. This decreases the chance of gas entering all of
the rooms. Poor protection against gas is afforded by open
sheds. Foodstuffs stored therein should be covered by im-
pervious oil-dressed tarpaulins. Ordinary waterproof covers
of the canvas type are easily penetrated by gas, but must be
used if none other are available. The tarpaulins should be
supported on a framework so that they do not come in actual
contact with the foodstuffs to be protected.
■ 211. Transportation. — Foodstuffs packaged in containers
readily susceptible to chemical contamination, when being
transported on a road or railway, should be transported in a
closed type of vehicle. If trucks or barges are used, tarpau-
lins should be used to cover the items.
■ 212. Rations. — When cooked rations are delivered to
troops, they should be kept in closely covered containers until
used. Ration carts should be covered with tarpaulins for
protection against chemical spray. Field kitchens should
be provided with tent flies or other overhead covers. Canned
goods sprayed with chemicals should be decontaminated by
boiling before being opened.
■ 213. Water. — Water which has been contaminated with
mustard gas should be avoided. In an emergency, such
water may be rendered safe for use by settling, chlorination,
and boiling. Water so treated should not be used until it
has been tested by a medical officer. Water contaminated
by arsenical agents such as lewisite and adamsite, or by
white phosphorus, cannot be purified by boiling.
QUARTERMASTER SERVICE IN THEATER OF OPERATIONS
ROUTING OP REQUISITIONS, CALLS, AND SUPPLIES
■ 1. Figure 19 is a diagrammatic representation of a theater
of operations. The communications zone is divided from
front to rear into a base section and an advance section.
Certain establishments are indicated by rectangles which bear
their designations. Routings of requisitions, calls, and
supplies are indicated by various lines.
■ 2. One of the communications zone headquarters is shown
as the headquarters base section and the other as a headquar-
ters advance section.
■ 3. The general base depot (a) is a general depot stocking
quartermaster, medical, and engineer supplies. The quarter-
master base depot (b) stocks only quartermaster supplies.
■ 4. The 1st Division requires certain class IV quartermaster
supplies for which credits have not been established. These
supplies may be secured only from the quartermaster base
depot (b). The routing of the requisition is shown by the
■ 5. The 1st Division requires certain class II quartermaster
supplies for which credits have not been established and
which must be shipped from general base depot (a). The
routing of the requisition is shown by the line II.
■ 6. The 1st Division requires certain class III quartermaster
supplies which must be shipped from the gasoline and oil de-
pot. A credit to the First Army has been set up in this depot.
Line III shows the routing of the requisition for these
■ 7. The 9th Division is in need of animal replacements.
These replacements may be partly supplied from sources in
the Second Army, the remainder from the remount depot in
the communications zone. Credits have not been established
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i Second Army. Line AR shows' the routing of the
tion in order to secure these animal replacements.
■ 8. A class I supply depot in the communications zone is
designated to fill calls for class I supplies from the Second
Army. Class I supplies are on an automatic daily basis.
Unit sections of the daily train are made up at the class I
supply depot. Daily telegrams are forwarded from the head-
quarters, 9th Division. The solid line I shows all establish-
ments through which the detailed information given in the
daily telegram will pass. The broken line I shows the estab-
lishments through which these supplies will move to the 9th
■ 9. Credits have not been established for Camp X, and
the camp is in need of certain supplies which must be drawn
from the quartermaster base depot (b). Line S shows the
routing of the requisition for the procurement of these
■ 10. The 1st Division needs some class IV quartermaster
supplies for which the army has established credits. These
credits have not been exhausted. Line TVa indicates the es-
tablishments through which the call and the supplies will
■ 11. The 6th Division is in need of ammunition. The army
has established a 10-day credit for the I corps which has not
yet been exhausted. Line A shows the establishments
through which the call and the supplies will pass.
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438624° — 42 12 X73
Air Force: Paragraph Page
Mission and general duties 186 146
Operations 188 150
Quartermaster troops 187 146
Air transportation 91 68
Ammunition, at regulating station 47 37
Animal transportation, regulating stations 50 38
Animals, rations 116 76
Battalion, organization 152 121
Class I and class m supply 155 123
Class II and class IV supply 156 123
Logistical considerations 158 124
Office, division quartermaster 153 122
Operations 151 121
Quartermaster service 151 121
Establishment 183 141
Lay-outs 185 142
Location 182 140
Office, army quartermaster 178 138
Operations 179 138
Organization, quartermaster service 177 137
Service at army supply points 181 140
Stockage 180 140
Army corps. (See Corps.)
Automatic supply, definition 15 9
Bakery battalion 64 51
Balanced stocks 12 8
Bathing 60 47
Bulk supplies, regulating station 47 37
Definition 9 8
Routing App. 171
Camouflage 129 104
Cavalry division (horse) :
Class I supplies . 143 114
Class II and class IV supplies 146 119
Forage 144 119
Graves registration 147 120
Office, division quartermaster 142 114
Protection 150 120
Quartering 149 120
Remounts 146 119
Salvage 148 120
Squadron, organization 141 114
Water 145 119
Civilian personnel 80 18
Clearing station 102 75
Clothing: Paragraph Page
Sterilization and reissue
Responsibility and functions
Communications zone, definition
As part of army:
Headquarters corps, quartermaster service
Movements by rail
Day of supply
"Theater of operations"
"Theater of war"
"Zone of the Interior"
Quartermaster company depot
Distribution, division supplies _-.
Division quartermaster units:
Armored. (See Armored division.)
Division quartermaster units — Continued. Paragraph Page
Battalion, triangular division:
Distribution of supply 137 112
Duties 134 109
Motor maintenance 139 113
Organization 135,136 109,111
Purpose 133 109
Transport 138 112
Cavalry. (See Cavalry Division.)
Office, division quartermaster.-
Square division 120, 121 82, 85
Triangular division 136 ill
Camouflage 129 104
Class I supply 123 87
Class II and class TV 125 100
Employment of transport 127 101
Fundamentals of supply 122 86
Gasoline and oil supply 124 99
Graves registration 130 106
Protection 128 104
Salvage 131 106
Traffic and traffic control 132 106
Water 126 100
Regiment 1171-119 77
Dump 98 74
Estimate of situation 203, 204 161
Evacuation, sick and wounded 48 37
Field order 206 166
Pilling station 67 55
Forage 144 119
Gasoline and oil:
Allowances 115 76
Corps supply 162 127
Division supply 124 99
Filling station 67 55
Supply units 66 54
General 1 24 11
Quartermaster service 189-192 152
Graves registration 130, 170 106, 133
Hospitals, source of replacement 79 58
Independent corps. (See Corps.)
Infantry division. (See Division quartermaster
Communications zone 28 17
Eegulating station 45 33
Interior, zone, definition . 2 1
Labor, corps 167 132
Laundry 61 49
Lines of communication 20 10
Logistical considerations, armored division 158 124
Marches, corps units 168 132
Military railway service 106 75
Motor maintenance, corps 166 132
Motor transport service 105 75
Corps 165 130
Employment 127 101
Importance 82 60
Maintenance 84, 85, 139 63, 113
Operation ■ 82 60
Organization 82 60
Pool 138 H2
Regulating station 50 38
Movements by rail 172 134
Armored division 153 122
Cavalry division 142 114
Duties of quartermaster 26 12
Installations 28 17
Organization 27 14
Quartermaster corps, duties 25 11
Units 29 17
Division (square) 120 82
Division (triangular) 136 111
Independent corps 1 175 135
Order, field 206 166
Packages, protection from chemicals 209 169
Procurement and distribution, communica-
tions zone 30 18
Regulating station 49 37
Replacement. (See Replacement.)
Plan 202, 205 161, 164
Poisonous gas, protection of food supplies from__ 208-213 169
Priorities, definition 10 8
Promotion, noncommissioned officers 80 58
Protection 128, 150 104, 120
Quartering 149 120
Duties 26 12
General 24 11
Office 24-29 11
Duties and functions 121 85
Office organization 120 82
General headquarters 24 11
Independent corps 174 135
Theater of operations 24 11
Distribution of supply 137 112
Duties 134 109
Organization 135 109
Purpose 133 109
Transport 138 112
Quartermaster corps; duties In communications
zone 25 11
Quartermaster regiment: Paragraph Page
Duties 118 77
Organization 119 78
Purpose 117 77
Rail movement 201 160
Rail transportation 86-90 68
Characteristics 52 38
Company 54 41
Daily train 55 42
Definition 22 10
Operation 53 39
Purpose 51 38
Reserves 56 42
Definition 116 76
Protection from contamination 212 170
Refrigeration 65 52
Regiment 117-119 77
Ammunition 47 37
Animal transportation 50 38
Bulk supplies 47 37
Definition 21 10
Evacuation 48 37
Installations 45 33
Kinds 42 30
Location 43 31
Motor transportation 50 38
Operation 46 34
Personnel 49 37
Purpose 40 28
Regulating officer 41 29
Operations 70 55
Squadron 68 55
Troop 69 55
Forwarding 76, 77 57, 58
Hospitals as source 79 58
Plan ... 71, 72 56
Quartermaster personnel 78 58
Requisitioning 77 58
Return to original units ^ 80 58
Sources 75, 79 57, 58
System 74 57
Types 73 57
Reports 207 168
Requirements, definition 14 9
Definition 7 8
Routing App. 171
Armored division 154 122
Definition 11 8
Railhead 56 42
Salvage: Paragraph Page
Cavalry division 148 120
Collecting company 58 45
Corps quartermaster service 171 133
Headquarters quartermaster salvage depot 59 46
Laundry 61 49
Procedure 57 44
Purpose 57 44
Shoe, clothing, and textile repair 62 50
Sterilization and bath 60 47
Services, combat zone 92 72
Shoe repair 62 50
Calculations, necessity for 199 158
Large forces 200 160
Planning 196 155
Pooling 195 155
Preparation 196 155
Purpose 195 155
Composition 197 156
Movement 198 157
Types 195 155
Sterilization and bath 60 47
Stockages 38, 180 27, 140
Storage, protection against chemicals 210 169
Bakery battalion 64 51
Cold storage and refrigeration 65 52
Commissary company _" 63 50
Classes 95 74
Definition 6 7
Routing App. 171
Communications zone 31 19
Gasoline and oil. (See Gasoline and oil.)
Installations 57-80 44
Combat zone 93 74
Definition 18 10
Terminology 6-23 7
Theater of operations, definition 3 1
Theater of war, definition 1 1
Traffic and traffic control 132 106
Train, definition 103 75
Air 91 68
Armored division 157 123
Communications zone 32 22
Food, protection against contamination 211 170
Motor 82-85 60
Bail 86-90 68
Water ' 81 60
Assigned motor transport 193, 194 153
Definition 104 75
Railway 201 160
Shuttling. (See Shuttling.)
Units, communications zone : 29 17
Units of fire 13 9
Units of measure 13 9
Utility services, corps quartermaster service 169 132
Protection from contamination 21S 170
Supply 126, 145 100, 119
Zone of the interior, definition 2 1
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